Two men who allegedly brandished a gun as they tried to rob a convenience store in Stoneham were unsuccessful after the clerk resisted, at one point throwing chili powder in their faces, Stoneham police said.
Brett R. Osgood, 25, of Revere was arrested early Sunday morning for attempting to rob a convenience store at 41 Main St., Stoneham police said in a statement.
Osgood allegedly went into the convenience store and purchased a $2 scratch ticket late Saturday evening, then returned with a man in his 40s who attempted to cash in a scratch ticket.
As the clerk opened the register, one of the men allegedly drew a firearm and ordered the clerk not to close the register, police said. The clerk refused, sparking a struggle between him and the two men, police said.
While Osgood attempted to open the lottery ticket dispenser, the clerk was hit several times by the other man. The clerk was eventually able to break away and throw chili powder in the robbers’ faces, police said.
The robbers fled, but the clerk followed them and made note of their license plate before calling police.
Police were able to track the license plate to Osgood’s residence in Revere, where he was arrested, police said. Police are still looking for the second suspect.
“The clerk in this situation showed incredible bravery, but we would, of course, never recommend that someone try to fight off a robber who is pointing a gun at you,” Stoneham Police Chief James T. McIntyre said in the statement. “We are pleased that no one was seriously hurt.”
Osgood was to be arraigned in Woburn District Court Monday, where he was faces charges of attempting to commit an armed robbery, malicious destruction of property, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and witness intimidation, police said.