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

Comments (87)
  1. Wild Bill says:

    And he smells like gas!

    1. abva says:

      attended should have lit a match

      1. Ranger01 says:

        Common Babe light my fire!

      2. RobertG says:

        You are a bad person–burning a poor little misunderstood creep ;-)

      3. Bill says:

        That’s his only error!

      4. Michael Smith says:

        Thats why you should carry a zippo you can throw it and it will stay lit.

  2. StanM says:

    I’ve always wondered how far one of those gas pump nozzles would squirt…

    1. TI says:

      The gas literally comes flying right out under a lot of pressure. I basically did the same thing about a decade ago. I was at an overpass gas station in Illinois, and three to four guys from nowhere near me came over to where I was and turned to me and were laughing. I quit pumping gas in my vehicle, to see what they wanted, and continued to hold the nozzle down inside the vehicle as if I was still pumping gas. One of the guys started to walk toward me and I asked him what they wanted and he said that they wanted to talk to me…so I pulled the nozzle out of the car and sprayed the gas pumping system…the tower where the nozzle gets hung up on. The guy immediately turned around, grabbed his buddies and walked away. They changed their mind of robbing me.

      1. Tim says:

        rat fu.cker

  3. Satchmo says:

    OH for the WANT of a SPARK!!!!!


  4. James Woods says:

    The description could mean it was a Pittsburgh Pirate.

    1. Clark Nova says:

      Or about half the male population of Lowell.

      1. Joseph A. Banks says:

        Don’t females wear Pirates hats?

    2. whodat1 says:

      I see people wearing the black pirates cap with the gold P here and Houston and elsewhere in the south too. I think this cap is just real popular.

  5. Spanky says:

    Barry will have the EPA go after the attendant for discharging petrochemicals into the atmosphere!

    1. Hoot4RE says:

      Not mention the Robber later sueing the attendant and WINNING an injury lawsuit…,

  6. tymwltl says:

    Coming to a gas station near you. Who can be the first to burn a burgler? Good thinking on the attendents part. Too bad it happened in a state that makes self defense a crime.

    1. kenneth says:

      No females wear Red Sux hats cuz the Sux are a bunch of p**sies

      1. BOB IN MASS says:

        YankMee M@ggot response. Manny should be slappin’ u and not his Beatch!

  7. Dr. Kranky says:

    Orange Mocha Frappucino!

    1. BStiller says:

      Who would have guessed that he would be stopped by a freak gasoline fight accident…?

  8. Spanky says:

    Jumping Jack Flash is a gas gas gas.

  9. Lou Ann Watson says:

    hey, need a light?

  10. BDDD says:

    Obama’s illegal alien uncle?

    1. BOB USMC says:

      Smart enough to use a designated drive this time.

      iIlegal loop hole jumping, drunk will get in and live for free just like O’s uneducated, entitled to everything you work for, auntie whatever she calls her illegal self. He’s probably has a whole slew of illegal “family” we haven’t learn about yet.

    2. BOB USMC says:

      And his designated driver.

  11. oldgeez says:

    Seriously??? A 5’10” or 5’11” Hispanic??? Yeah, I think there is a mistake there.

    1. Natassia says:

      lol…second generation that took advantage of better nutrition in America…

  12. ZZ says:

    Should have lit him up. Suspect is reported as being hispanic, 5’11”, smelling like gasoline with an extra crispy finish.

  13. Joe says:

    Funny thing is it probably cost the store more with the wasted gas than it would have for the attendant to hand over the cash in his pocket!!

    1. Bill Ross says:

      Worth every penny!

    2. 51 Phantom says:

      The station are allowed some ‘spillage’.

  14. Robert says:

    Next time, aim for the eyes.

  15. Katz says:

    When gasoline is outlawed, only outlaws will have gasoline!

    1. BOB USMC says:

      Best comment yet

  16. Robert says:

    Sounds like a incident at a gas station 10 – 15 years ago in Petaluma, CA
    The attendant just filled up a customers car when a robber pulled a gun on him to rob his cash drawer on the gas island
    He squeezed the gas nozzle trigger and doused the would be robber with gas.in the face.
    Then pulled out his cigarette lighter and told him to drop the gun because the lighter or muzzle blast would burn him to death!

    1. BOOYAH says:

      Would’ve blew them both up. Gas fumes is what would blow.

  17. jose says:

    probably just another one of the 30 million nice illegal aliens or the anchor baby of an illegal alien that just came here to work and make a better life for the family…oh and steal a job from an american and make americans pay for the medical care for their whole families and pay for food stamps and welfare and section 8 housing and free schooling oh and rape murder rob and slaughter us whole drunk on the highways

    1. RA0725 says:

      Oh yeah, that guy. I’ve seen him before.

    2. bobknob says:

      Jose, Post your birth cert please!

  18. Buck Nasty says:

    Well I am sure that the ACLU will sponsor a lawsuit against the gas station for “unauthorized use of gasoline.” Look it up, it is a Federal crime to use gasoline in such a manner.

  19. Dave-o says:

    Doing a job Americans won’t do.

    1. BOOYAH says:

      Americans will do it. We’re just not at that desperate point yet. soon.

  20. Sounds like the attendant was watching Zoolander the night before…


  21. doc says:

    MMMMMM…. a gas covered liberal Obama voting LOSER fails again.

    Go figure.

  22. JBC says:

    Are you a relative of Jeffery Dahmer?

  23. Disco says:

    Would only have been better if the van driver had been smoking a cig. when he jumped in.

  24. trainman55 says:

    This idea taken from the TV show “JUSTIFIED”!

  25. Tex A. Montana says:

    Please get off the racist commentary in reference to Mexicans. In example,they take exception to being called greasers. The politicaly correct term is LUBRICANOS!

  26. Al says:

    The racism here is disgusting.

    1. Htos1 says:

      I believe the actual term is bigotry,not racism,in proper context.I thought ONLY libbies were smart enough to know that.Hmmmm….

      1. BOB USMC says:

        About time someone pointed that out to them. Thank you Htos 1

    2. Guess Who says:

      Al, S TFU, libt ard douc he.

  27. Cartwright Mason says:

    Serves him right for jalapenos.

    talk about a ring of fire….

  28. Cartwright Mason says:

    al…you’re a pvssy.

  29. Jay Cunnington says:

    You’ll know him by the chemical burns and the strong smell of gasoline.

  30. Name says:

    Give that attendant a RAISE !!!!! I;m SO DAMNED SICK of criminals !! INSTANT justice like this is FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!

  31. Ruckus says:

    They needed to light him up. and let him run.

  32. NooYawkah says:

    The amount of gas he squirted at him was probably worth more than he would have gotten away with in cash. He should have just thrown some Red Sox tickets at the guy.

  33. Rocketman says:

    The gas nozzle, combined with the lighter you whip out of your pocket, sure gets their attention. Been, done that, it works.
    Good Job!


  34. oh grover says:

    Did he want Regular Grade, Mid, or Extra-Crispy?

  35. HMichaelH says:

    There were probably a thousand guys who matched this description at the Steelers vs Ravens game in Baltimore last Sunday!

  36. moonmac says:

    I bet he squeezed every last drop of gas from his close to use in his lawnmover!

  37. Guess Who says:

    Strike a match. I love the smell of refried bea ners.

  38. MySdiesHurt says:

    I’m adding CBS Boston to my media favorites. The posters here are funnier than all get out …my sides hurt from laughing.

    1. Guess Who says:

      Yes, this is a good CBS site. A lot of the other CBS sites let the whiney libt ards run wild and censor my comments.

  39. Contarian says:

    Outstanding job and quick reactions. Kudos to the workman.

  40. Hank Warren says:

    Illegal crimewave, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  41. glenp says:

    we just need to understand his motivations and I am sure he had a tragic family life

  42. tim says:

    Where is a match when you need it.

  43. Jim says:

    Wow. It’s amazing that somehow this Obama’s fault.

    Even though I’m incredibly unhappy with the job he’s done (have some balls, dammit) I’m going to vote for him again, just to see the racists have aneurisms for another four years.

  44. Atlas Shrugged says:

    The same thing happened to me in the early 70’s when attendants served your gas, a couple of Hispanics pulled into our station, I pumped their gas, and when they were going to pay me, one pulled out a knife and demanded all the money I had on my. They were setting in their car so I just squirted the inside of the car with gas, produced my Zippo lighter and demanded their money. They both gave me their wallets and I told them to take off. I called the Police, they were arrested several hour later.

    I probably would have been fired today.

  45. terry rohan says:

    I guess nobody needs me to tell them that if this happens in the real world, you know not to go on line and start bragging about it, you know that, right guys.

  46. Ryan Mouk says:

    He should have lit the cowardly thief on fire and watched him burn.

  47. dw663 says:

    In CA they would have crucified the attendant for harming the environment and they would let the robber sue for damages.

  48. offshore-working Life says:

    I rarely comment, but i did some searching and wound up here %BLOGTITLE%. And I actually do have a few questions for you if it’s allright. Is it only me or does it appear like some of these responses come across as if they are coming from brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting at other online social sites, I would like to keep up with anything new you have to post. Would you make a list of the complete urls of your social sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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