Pennsylvania clerk chases off machete-wielding robbers with bigger sword

NY Daily News – by Meg Wagner

Don’t bring a machete to a sword fight.

A Pennsylvania convenience store clerk one-upped two machete-wielding thieves who tried to rob his store and chased them off with his own bigger blade, police said.

Two teens wearing masks busted into Perry Market in Pittsburgh just before 10 p.m. Friday.  

A Pittsburgh cashier armed with a sword chased off two would-be machete-wielding robbers, police said.Both of the wannabe robbers were armed with foot-long knives. One pointed his as a customer. The second jumped behind the counter and demanded cash from the on-duty clerk.

But the well-prepared cashier refused to give in. Instead, the clerk swatted at the weapon — and pulled out his own bigger sword.

“Then when he hit the sword that the dude had in his hand — my brother hit the sword — he ran away,” the clerk’s brother M.C. Hydare told WPXI. Hydare said he was in the store during the robbery.

With his larger knife raised above his head, the clerk chased the thief out of the market.

The second robber — who was being restrained by the customer he tried to stick up — broke away and fled, too.

The two teens were able to snatch a couple of T-shirts from the shop on their way out, but ultimately dropped their loot as they ran off.

No one was injured in the sword-on-sword showing.

“I just want to give a message to them: Don’t try this. You can have money in a better way. Not this,” Hydare said. “Please stay away. Go and find work somewhere.”

Police are still hunting for the two robbers.

The one who held up the customer is described as a 6-foot0-tall, 160-pound male wearing a hoodie and black pants. The robber who jumped behind the counter was wearing a red ski cap, a black shirt and black pants.


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