Hartford gas station clerk fights with attempted armed robbery suspect, police investigating

HARTFORD, Wis. (CBS 58) – Police are trying to find the person responsible for trying to rob a Hartford gas station at knifepoint and getting into a fight with the clerk. 

According to the Hartford Police Department, a man came into the Petro Quick Mart on East Sumner Street just before 7:00 a.m. Monday, pulled a knife and told the clerk he was there to rob the gas station.

The clerk refused to comply with the man’s demands and armed himself with a hammer and approached the suspect. The suspect then left the store and the clerk followed. The suspect and the clerk had a brief altercation outside the store before the suspect ran to a vehicle parked behind the gas station. The suspect then drove eastbound from the scene.

The suspect was dressed head to toe in black clothing and wore gloves and a mask. The suspect vehicle was a dark colored 2-door sedan, possibly a Lincoln.

Investigators say the 53-year-old clerk received a minor scratch on his hand during the struggle, but it’s not believed the injury was caused by the suspect’s knife. The clerk refused medical attention. It’s not known if the suspect received any injuries in the fight. No money was taken during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 262-673-2600.

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