Hatchet-wielding robber flees store after cashier pulls out a handgun

Moment hatchet-wielding robber drops to his knees and apologizes before fleeing after cashier at Oregon store calmly pulls out a handgun

  • Authorities said the attempted robbery happened around 1am on April 28 at an Oak Grove Plaid Pantry in Portland, Oregon
  • Surveillance video shows the would-be robber pulling a hatchet out of his pocket while confronting the cashier who is standing behind the store’s counter
  • The unfazed cashier calmly pulls a gun and points it at the suspect, who drops to his knees and apologizes before fleeing the store

Authorities said the attempted robbery happened around 1am on April 28 at an Oak Grove Plaid Pantry in Portland, Oregon

A convenience store cashier in Oregon taught a would-be thief why it’s a bad idea to bring a knife, or a hatchet, to a gun fight.

Police released surveillance footage on Friday of an attempted robbery that took place around 1am at an Oak Grove Plaid Pantry in Portland, Oregon.

The video shows a mask-wearing robber pacing on the sidewalk outside of the store before entering and approaching the counter.

He pulls a hatchet out of his pocket as he confronts the cashier on duty. Seconds later, the cashier calmly pulls a handgun from his own pocket and aims it at the stunned robber. 

Would-be-robber pulls out a hatchet (circled left) but the unfazed cashier responds by drawing a gun out of his pocket (circled right)

The robber drops to his knees and apologizes to the clerk

The unidentified suspect sets the hatchet down on the counter before raising his hands in the air. When the cashier pulls out a phone to call police, the robber drops to his knees and starts apologizing.

‘I’m sorry. I’ll leave,’ he says, according to a statement from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Moments later, the suspect took off running out of the store and away from the scene. 

Police arrived later with canines to try and track the humiliated robber, but they couldn’t find him.

The suspect eventually took off running out of the store

The unnamed store clerk said the robber appeared to be in his early 20s and stood about 5 foot 5 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a hood, a dark-green mask, khaki pants and dark sneakers with white soles

The sheriff’s office released the surveillance video in hopes that the public can help locate the suspect after the robbery on April 28.

‘We’d like to reunite you with the hatchet you left behind after the clerk responded with a handgun and a 911 call and you fled the scene,’ Clackamas County Sheriff Sgt. Marcus Mendoza said, addressing the suspect in a written statement.

The unnamed store clerk said the robber appeared to be in his early 20s and stood about 5 foot 5 inches tall.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a hood, a dark-green mask, khaki pants and dark sneakers with white soles, police said.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office via phone at 503-723-4949.

Tipsters can also fill out the department’s email form. 

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