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Child playing video game doesn't notice gunpoint robbery next to him at Southwest Philly deli

Police are hunting an armed robber who stuck a deli in Southwest Philly -- but the incident didn't disturb a child who was seated at the register playing video games while a handgun was waved around, just inches from their face.

During a gunpoint robbery of a J&A Deli in Southwest Philly on Sept. 19, a child continued to play an iPad video game without even noticing what was happening. Credit: PPD During a gunpoint robbery of a J&A Deli in Southwest Philly on Sept. 19, a child continued to play an iPad video game without even noticing what was happening. Credit: PPD

Police are hunting an armed robber who stuck a deli in Southwest Philly -- but the incident didn't disturb a child who was seated at the register playing video games while a handgun was waved around, just inches from their face.

The unbelievable surveillance video was released today by police.

Tthe child, apparently a little boy playing a side-scroller on his iPad, is seen playing the game while a female cashier, apparently his mother or grandmother, is forced to empty the register by a male pointing a handgun at her and yelling "Put everything in the bag right now! Hurry up! You're gonna f---- die right now, b---! Hurry up! Give me everything!"

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Watch the video below. Warning: graphic language.

The incident occurred Sept. 19 at J&A Deli on the 6100 block of Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philly around 5 p.m.

Two women and two small children were shopping in the store when the suspect, wearing a hoodie and a mask covering his face, enters the deli.

The female customers stare at the man for a minute before he pulls out his gun, at which point they flee, taking the children.

The suspect demanded money from the cashier while pointing a gun at her, and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before fleeing.

In the video, which includes graphic language, the suspect can be heard shouting and cursing at the cashier.

Meanwhile, in one camera angle of the robbery, a child sitting adjacent to the cashier can be seen merrily playing their video game, even as the suspect is shouting and swearing at the cashier and waving a handgun around.

The child does not stop or look up from the game during the video.

The suspect is believed to be a black male age 15 to 17 who is short with a thin build and was last seen wearing a two-tone hooded sweatshirt with white stars, dark blue jeans and black shoes.


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