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Midland suspect flees 7-Eleven empty-handed after smackdown by customer

bbastible@star-telegram.com

A late-night trip to 7-Eleven didn’t go quite as planned for a West Texas suspect.

The masked suspect entered the convenience store around 11:20 p.m. Oct. 24 with a gun but left empty-handed after not being able to find a clerk and getting tackled by a customer.

A 3 1/2-minute video released by Midland Police Department shows the suspect walking into an empty store, going behind the counter, looking inside an office and almost leaving before a customer enters.

Michael Cowley, the customer in the video, told KWES he tried paying for his items but wasn’t able to find a cashier either. That was when he noticed a masked man emerging from another room. He told the station he originally thought it was just a costume, until the suspect demanded money and pointed a gun at him.

"My whole thought process was: I need to grab that gun with both of my hands, and I need to be able to grab the stock and the barrel to be able to control it and make sure it doesn't get pointed at me," Cowley told the station.

Cowley then pushed the suspect on the ground and took the firearm away. The suspect then escaped on foot.

KWES describes the suspect as a black male, about 6 feet tall and a slim build, last seen wearing jeans, a blue hoodie and a camouflage mask.

Midland police are asking anyone with information to call 432-694-TIPS.

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