PITTSBURGH - A cashier at a North Side market scared off two would-be robbers Friday night with a sword, according to police.
Two juvenile boys ran into Perry Market on Perrysville Avenue shortly before 10 p.m., one of whom went behind the counter and demanded money, police said.
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“He was like, ‘Stay away. Give me money. Give me money,’” M.C. Hydare, the brother of the cashier, told Channel 11.
The other juvenile was stopped and held by a customer.
Investigators said that the juvenile who went behind the counter brandished a large silver knife that was more than one foot long. That’s when the cashier pulled out the sword to defend himself and chase off the juveniles.
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“He had a sword, so he just removed the sword and attacked him. Then when he hit the sword that the dude had in his hand -- my brother hit the sword -- he ran away,” said Hydare.
The juvenile ran and grabbed several T-shirts, which he dropped upon running into the other juvenile, police said. Both of the juveniles, whose faces were hidden, were able to get away.
“I just want to give a message to them: Don’t try this. You can have money in a better way. Not this,” said Hydare. “Please stay away. Go and find work somewhere.”
The juvenile who was held by the customer is described as being about 6 feet tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his face and black pants. He also had a large silver knife and a black backpack with white and red on the straps.
The second juvenile was wearing a red ski cap that had a white stripe around it, a black spandex-type shirt and black pants.
Police continue to investigate.