Police are asking the public's help to identify a burly, BMW-driving bandit who tried to rob a Wawa last month in Center City - but instead fled after an employee fought back.
The man entered the Wawa on Walnut Street near 9th just after 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, wearing sunglasses and a green towel around his head, police said. He approached the employee at the counter and demanded money, tugging at his waistband to suggest a weapon, police said. When the employee said: "Show me the gun," the suspect pulled out a thin piece of metal with a curved handle and walked toward the employee, police said.
But the employee punched the would-be robber in the face, knocking him to the ground and continuing to punch him until his workers pulled him off, police said. The failed robber then fled the store without any money, speeding off west on Walnut Street in a dark blue or green BMW X5 with no license plate.
The suspect is described as a white man, 40-50 years old, 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-3, 280-300 pounds, with short brown hair and a mustache. He wore a light blue flannel shirt and blue jeans. Tipsters can call 9-1-1, the tip line at (215) 686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847