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Jul 10, 2013 7:00 PM

Clerk calls cops, blows up robbery attempt

Three men and a woman have been arrested after a store clerk decided to call police instead of handing the would-be robber money from the till of a gas station in Mamou.

According to Mamou Police public information officer Marie Potter, the four suspects approached the Exxon convenience store in the 1300 block of 6th Street in Mamou just after 7 p.m. on July 8. One of the suspects entered the store, showed the clerk a weapon, and told her to give him all of her money.

Instead, she called the police.

"When he asked her for money, she just called the police right in front of him," Potter said.

The suspect, who was armed with what Potter described as "a pellet gun that looked very much like a real gun," grabbed some merchandise from the store counter and tried to flee on foot. She said the thief was captured minutes later in the alley behind the store.

The other three suspects were in custody within the hour, Potter said.

All four suspects -- Kenaveon Cook, 20; Erin Dupre, 26; Nicholas Istre,26; and Vencent Lanaux, 23 -- face armed robbery charges in the incident.

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