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Attendant Sprays Gas Hose At Would-Be Robber In Lowell

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A still from surveillance video shows the suspect hiding what is believed to be a knife behind his back on September 10, 2011.

A still from surveillance video shows the suspect hiding what is believed to be a knife behind his back on September 10, 2011.

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LOWELL (CBS) – A man who tried to rob a Lowell gas station over the weekend wound up getting hosed.

Police say Saturday afternoon, a man believed to be holding a knife, attempted to rob a gas attendant at the BP Station at the corner of Andover and High Streets.

Surveillance video captured the suspect walking up to the pump and then taking off running.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Bernice Corpuz reports


What it doesn’t show is the attendant, who was working at the pump, grabbed the nozzle, aimed it toward the suspect, and fired.

“He tried to spray him with the gas,” station owner Raj Patel told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz.

The attendant and another customer tried to run after the suspect, who may have jumped into a burgundy minivan with yellow license plates.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic man in his mid twenties, between 5’10” and 5’11” in height and was last seen wearing a black and white Pittsburgh Pirates ball cap, a black and red t-shirt and black shorts.

If you know anyone who matches this description, you are asked to call police.

Watch the surveillance tape

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