Clerk thwarts armed robbery of Subway shop in SW Phila.

April 2, 2013 8:37:46 AM PDT
Philadelphia Police are searching for two men who tried to hold up a Subway sandwich shop, but were thwarted by a quick-thinking clerk.

WATCH the surveillance video on the Philadelphia Police Department's YouTube channel

It was all caught on camera.

The attempted robbery happened at 8:13 p.m. on March 24th at the Subway in the 2900 block of Island Avenue.

Surveillance video shows two men walking into the store and ordering sandwiches. One man pays for the order, and as the clerk opens the cash register, he pulls out a handgun and demands money.

The quick-thinking clerk closes the cash drawer and backs away before the suspect jumps over the counter to steal the cash.

When the man can't open the register, he orders the clerk back to the counter and tells her to open the drawer. But he flees with the other suspect before she is able to get it open.

Police have released the following descriptions of the suspects:

Suspect #1: Black male, 5'8", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Suspect #2: Black male, 6', wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

If you have any information about this crime or these suspects, you are asked to contact Detective Dougherty at the Philadelphia Police Southwest Detective Division, 215-686-3183/3184.