VIDEO: Robbery attempt foiled when employee presses panic button
Police are looking for two men caught on camera in Rhawnhurst last month during an attempted robbery that police said was foiled when a quick-thinking employee pressed a panic button.
Investigators said the suspects entered the Tobacco Junction at 8259 Bustleton Ave. at about 9:30 a.m. on May 23.
One of the men, who was armed with a gun, approached the employee, saying, “Don’t push the button.”
The employee apparently didn’t comply.
Police said she pressed a panic button she was wearing around her neck, prompting the gunman to pistol-whip her in the head.
After the failed robbery attempt, both suspects fled on foot.
They were last seen running south on Bustleton Avenue.
The alleged gunman is described as a tall black male around 30 years old with a heavy build. He was last seen wearing a green hooded camouflage jacket.
The second suspect is described as a black male, also about 30 years of age, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing black pants and a black jacket.
Anyone with information about the crime or suspects is asked to call 911, to contact the Northeast Detective Division at 215-686-3153 or 3154, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477), texting PPD TIP (773847), emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out this online form.