Robber flees when elderly woman yells, 'There's the police'

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Posted: Oct 26, 2015 12:31 PM

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly woman being robbed in a Pennsylvania parking lot shouted, "There's the police!" and the spooked suspect dropped his gun and ran away.

Punxsutawney police Chief James Borza says police are still searching for the robber, who approached the woman Friday morning outside the Uni-Mart store in the Punxy Plaza.

Borza says the man got nervous when the woman yelled. He dropped the gun, and she kicked it underneath a vehicle. The panicked suspect ran away.

Police say the weapon looked like a real pistol but fired only BBs.

Police are hoping someone who witnessed the attempted robbery might be able to identify the man.

Punxsutawney is about 70 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.