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Clerk wielding baseball bat fends off suspect in attempted robbery

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Posted at 8:59 PM, Jan 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-14 22:59:22-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Police are searching for a suspect in an attempted robbery Wednesday, and officials said a baseball bat-wielding clerk scared the suspect away.

Police said the attempted robbery occurred around 4 p.m. at the A Plus Market, located near 200 South and 900 East.

Det. Cody Lougy, Salt Lake City Police Department, said when the suspect attempted to rob the market, a clerk leapt into action.

“The clerk actually pulled a baseball bat out and was able to scare this individual off,” he said.

The suspect did not display a weapon during the attempted robbery. Lougy said that same clerk went a step further in his or her efforts to catch the criminal.

“The clerk chased after the suspect, actually used his mobile phone to take pictures of the suspect’s vehicle, was able to get a description of the suspect, his vehicle, and also his license plate number,” he said.

Police said they don’t encourage people to act the way the clerk did.

“It’s something we don’t recommend,” Lougy said. “We recommend people to comply, because you never know how desperate these individuals are, and you also never know what weapons they are carrying.”

Officials said they have tracked down the address associated with the vehicle’s registration, which is a home in West Valley City. Officials with Salt Lake City police and West Valley City police are still attempting to locate the suspect, who is described as being an African-American male with a heavier build who stands about 6-feet tall and is believed to be in his 20s.

The man’s vehicle is described as a 2003 Chevy Cavalier that is blue. It has Utah license plate number: D615GZ

Anyone with information about the man or the attempted robbery is asked to contact police.