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NYC robbery suspect botches burglary after gun falls apart in his hands

August 10, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYC robbery suspect botches burglary after gun falls apart in his hands

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A robbery suspect who tried to burglarize an expensive jewelry store in Midtown Manhattan on Sunday afternoon was forced to run away after his firearm fell apart, police reports indicate.

Authorities allege that the wannabe robber stepped into Rafaello and Co. Jewelry on West 47th Street at approximately 4 p.m. and asked two employees there, a 33-year-old woman and 61-year-old man, to show him a chain that was locked in a display case. As the male employee went to grab the key for the case, the robber pointed a gun right at the female’s head.

She then began screaming, and her co-worker raced back and struggled to grab the gun out of the man’s hand, according to police. The employee was not able to wrestle it away, but when the attacker stepped back to open fire, the gun completely fell apart in his hand, and he ran away without any jewelry.

The suspect, who is tall and thin and is presumed to be in his early 20s, was last seen running east on 47th Street in a black baseball cap, black jacket, and black pants.

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