Cops: Gas station clerk scares off would-be robber

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A Garden City Park gas station clerk activated an alarm to thwart a robber who had grabbed him by the neck early Thursday, police said.

The assailant entered the Gulf gas station, 2399 Jericho Tpke., at about 12:25 a.m. and tried to make a purchase with a credit card, but the card was twice declined, Nassau County police said in a news release.

The suspect then "went behind the counter" and grabbed the worker by the neck. When the would-be robber demanded money, "the victim activated an alarm and the subject fled on foot in an unknown direction."

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There were no injuries, and nothing was stolen, police said.

Detectives investigating the case urge anyone with information about the robbery to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-244-TIPS.

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