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Erie Man Charged In Convenience Store Attempted Robbery

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Erie police nab their suspect, just hours after he tried to rob an east side convenience store Friday morning.
And a store customer's quick actions, helped lead to his arrest.

An Erie man is in police custody, within hours after an attempted robbery.
And, police are now trying to figure out if the same man is responsible for a series of recent convenience store holdups.

28-year-old Anthony Ford is facing charges including robbery, assault, and terroristic threats.
Around 6:00 Friday morning, Erie police say Ford barged into the Country Fair store at 8th and East Avenue.
He allegedly ordered everybody to the ground, while pointing a gun to the back of the head of one of the customers who was in line.
Police say that customer fought back, and Ford wound up leaving the store empty-handed.
But, Ford's face was exposed to the security cameras during that scuffle, and police were able to identify him, and make the arrest.

"In this scenario, the customers action did allow the video camera to capture this man's face because he had a shirt over his face initially," said Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers. "So we don't advise people taking on armed robbers, but in this case his brave actions did allow us to identify the robber," Chief Bowers added.

 Police are looking into any possible connection to other convenience store robberies recently in the city.
Including one earlier this week, at the Country Fair up the road at 26th and East Avenue, they made one arrest in that case.
They're also reviewing surveillance video from another convenience store robbery recently, to see if they're related.

In response to a seemingly increase in gun crimes in the city recently, store holdups in particular, police have had random specific patrols.
Chief Bowers says they'll continue with those patrols, to help make quick arrests like Friday's.
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