Florida police: Clerk’s cellphone stopped robber’s bullet

  • Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:17 a.m., Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:22 a.m.
This photo provided by the Winter Garden Police Department Monday shows the front of the cellphone belonging to a Winter Garden, Fla. Hess gas station clerk that stopped a bullet fired at him during an early morning robbery.

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — Police say a cellphone saved a Florida gas station clerk from a robber’s bullet.

Winter Garden Police said in an email that a clerk had just minor injuries after a robber fired a bullet at his abdomen. Police say his cellphone stopped it.

The close call happened Monday at 4:45 a.m. in Winter Garden, a suburb of Orlando.

A man entered the gas station and asked a clerk for help. Then he showed the worker a revolver and demanded he open the safe.

When the clerk couldn’t open the safe, the robber ordered a second clerk to try. He was also unsuccessful.

The suspect fired a round at one of the clerks and fled.

Police say the employee had no idea the bullet had hit his cellphone until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket.

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