FRANKFORT — An attempted armed robbery was foiled by a Frankfort gas station clerk who used a handgun to scare away a suspect.
At 3 a.m. Tuesday, Will County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call from a Shell gas station at 7654 W. Lincoln Highway in Frankfort about an attempted robbery, according to Will County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer.
The clerk said a man – who was about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, wearing a black ski mask and black clothing – walked into the store and pointed a .38 caliber handgun at him, Hoffmeyer said.
The clerk yelled at the robber to leave, and the masked man then fled on foot, she said. The clerk later admitted to having a handgun himself and pointing it at the suspect, which caused him to depart.
Hoffmeyer said the incident began at 2:55 a.m.
Will County Sheriff’s Office deputies are reviewing video surveillance footage, she said. The incident is still under investigation. Deputies are working with police from Peotone, Frankfort and Mokena to track down the suspect.