Wawa Worker Wallops Would-Be Thief

A Wawa worker wasn’t about to let a man wearing a bizarre outfit rob him.

The worker at the Wawa at 912 Walnut Street in Center City Philadelphia fought back when a man who tried to disguise his identity with a bright green towel, sunglasses and white gloves announced a heist

“Give me everything in the register and on one gets hurt,” said the suspect as he tugged on his waistband making it seemed he had a weapon during the incident on Oct. 13 around 5:30 a.m.

Philadelphia Police said the worker told the suspect to “show me the gun.”

This Wawa worker beat up a would-be robber.

Instead of a gun the suspect -- described as a man with a mustache in his 40s standing between 6-foot-1-inch to 6-foot-3-inches tall weighing around 300 pounds -- pulled out a thin piece of metal with a curved handle and moved towards the employee, according to investigators.

That’s when the employee struck. He punched the suspect in the jaw causing the man to fall down. Police say the employee then got on top of the man and continued to punch him until other workers pulled him off the suspect.

The dazed suspect then got up, quickly left the store and jumped into a dark blue or green BMW X5 to make his getaway up Walnut Street.

He made off with nothing and no one was hurt, according to police.

Police hoped surveillance video released Thursday will help them find the disguised suspect. Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to contact Philadelphia Police Central Detectives at 215-686-3093, by calling the tipline at 215-686-8477 or by emailing tips@phillypolice.com.

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