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Canton gas station attendant fights off would-be robber

A Canton gas station attendant fought off a man who attempted to rob the station at gunpoint early Friday and chased the robber out of the store, police said.

Canton police arrested Carlos Omar Santiago, 35, of Stoughton, shortly after the event.

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A not-guilty plea was entered on Santiago’s behalf at his arraignment Friday in Stoughton District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to rob and assault and battery, according to a court clerk. He was held on $100,000 cash bail.

At 12:03 a.m. Friday, police responded to a panic alarm at Austin’s Mobil station on Washington Street, a Canton police statement said.

At the gas station, police talked to a clerk who told them a man wearing a baseball cap and a mask had walked into the store minutes earlier, brandishing a gun and demanded the clerk “give him the money,” the statement said.

When the clerk tried to tell the man he did not have access to any money, the man came around the counter.

At that point, the clerk fought with him and chased the man away without anything being stolen, the statement said. The clerk sustained a minor injury in the struggle.

Using surveillance videos and the clerk’s description of the man, police identified Santiago and arrested him without incident, the statement said.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.
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