Florida clerk fights off armed robber

Posted at 1:34 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 13:59:42-05

(NBC NEWSCHANNEL) Surveillance video from a Florida convenience store captures the moment a gas station clerk overpowered a man who was trying to rob the store.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Department released the video of the incident that happened last week.

You can see the suspect walk into the store wearing a bandana around his face.

He goes around the counter and brandishes a weapon demanding the clerk empty the register.

The clerk walks over to the register and opens it up, and the armed man tells the clerk to fill a plastic bag with cash.

The clerk - a military veteran who did multiple tours in Iraq - saw a chance to disarm the suspect.

The two struggled and the clerk managed to take the weapon away and chase the suspect out of the store.

Later, it was determined the weapon was actually a black and brown replica revolver-style air soft gun.

The suspect jumped into a car and got away.

Police are still looking for the suspect who clearly chose the wrong store to rob.