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VIDEO: N.Y. store clerk foils robbery with machete

Still images of the Sept. 25 incident where a robbery was foiled by a machete-wielding store clerk CBS New York

(CBS) BRENTWOOD, N.Y.- Authorities in Suffolk County on Long Island are looking for an armed man who was chased out of a store by a machete-wielding clerk in an incident caught on surveillance video, according to CBS New York.

The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday, September 25 at a Stop and Shop deli in Brentwood, N.Y. Police said the suspect was wearing a mask when he walked into the shop and pulled out a gun and demanded money.

The surveillance video shows the man holding a bag open with one hand while pointing a gun with the other. Police said the suspect fired one shot into the wall.

The employee, who seemed unfazed, pulled a large machete from under the counter and chased the would-be robber out of the store.

The store owner told the station she got the machete a month ago and that the store has been broken into at least a dozen times.It is not clear if the woman was in the store when her employee chased the robber away.

The suspect is described by police as a young black man with a thin build, about 5'10'' tall. He was wearing a gray mask, black top with stripes on the sleeves, dark pants and black and white sneakers.

Police say the suspect was armed with a .22 caliber pistol.

Suffolk County police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. Those who may have information are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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