SOUTHINGTON - Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a local gas station.
According to police, officers were called to the Exxon gas station at 682 Queen St. Sunday at about 1 a.m.
Shortly before the call, police said, a black male entered the store and asked for gas and cigarettes. When the clerk put the cigarettes on the counter, the suspect demanded money from the register, according to police.
The clerk refused and the man made a motion to emphasize that he had a silver handgun, police said. At this point, another vehicle pulled up to the pumps and both men noticed it.
The suspect then left the store and the clerk followed him. The man got into a white Nissan Altima. At the time, the clerk told police, a black female was trying to put gas into the Nissan. She got into the vehicle before it drove away south on Queen Street.
The male suspect is described as between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 inches tall and 170 to 180 pounds, in his mid-20s, with a full beard that was about an inch long. He was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, which was covering his head.
The female was described as between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-8 and between 100 and 110 pounds, in her 20s, with a petite build and short, dark-colored hair. She was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt, light blue jeans and a dark blue or black hat.
Shortly after the incident, state police found the Altima abandoned in Hartford. The vehicle was seized.
Police are investigating and are asking that anyone with information to contact Detective J. Lopa at 860-378-1644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.