Lowell man tries to rob store with 6-year-old in getaway car: police

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A Lowell man was arrested for attempted robbery before taking off in a car with a 6-year-old in the backseat.
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A Lowell man attempted to rob a Manchester, N.H., convenience store on Sunday morning before taking off in a car with a 6-year-old in the backseat, according to police.

About 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Manchester Police officers were dispatched to Crosstown Variety at 77 Bremer St. for a robbery in progress.

Brian Cunneen, 22, of Lowell, Mass., had approached the cashier with a gun and demanded money from the register, WBZ reports. But another customer happened to walk in, interrupting the robbery. The clerk told the customer to call police immediately.

Cunneen ran out of the store, and was later spotted climbing into a car a few blocks away. He took off, and eventually was forced to stop to pay the toll in Bedford. Both Cunneen and the man driving the car, Lowell resident John Hickey, 27, were arrested.

A female passenger and her 6-year-old daughter were also removed from the car at gunpoint.

Cunneen and Hickey are being held at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections, police said.

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