- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man Springfield police say walked into a convenience store with a fake gun intending to rob the place didn’t count on one thing - the store owner having a real gun.

Police say 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer entered Walnut Convenience just after 10 p.m. Wednesday, confronted the owner and tried to pistol whip him using the fake gun.

The two men struggled and the owner came out on top, police say, largely because he had a properly registered and licensed real gun.

The store owner called 911 and kept the suspect inside the store at gunpoint until police arrived.

Pelzer, who is homeless, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges of armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.



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