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Suspects Flee Durham Food Lion After Foiled Robbery Attempt

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DURHAM — Three suspects escaped a West Durham Food Lion Saturday morning, apparently being scared off during an attempted armed robbery.

V.S. Phillips of the Durham Police Department told WRAL'sStephanie Hawcoa black male, approximately 25 years of age, approached a Food Lion employee as she was opening the safe. He quietly told her he needed the money as he pointed a .25 caliber automatic weapon at her from his waistband.

The employee managed to stall long enough for the suspect to give up and flee the store, even as he threatened to use the weapon. No money was taken. However, the suspect and two accomplices managed to escape with the store video surveillance tape and the a phone cord.

The gunman is described as a 25-year-old black mail, approximately 5'10" and 160 pounds. He was wearing a denim fishing-type hat and dark sunglasses. The accomplices are thought to be 25 and 17 years of age.

Because of the nature of the attempted armed robbery, officers believe the gunman knew when the safe was opened at the store. He may have either been an employee of the store or a friend of someone who worked there.

Neither the Food Lion employee nor the store customers were hurt during the incident.