Philadelphia, PA – A search is underway for an armed robbery suspect who had a last-minute change-of-heart after he realized that the cash the clerk handed him wouldn’t be enough to cover the cost of his daughter’s kidney transplant.
The incident occurred at 1 Stop Smoke Shop near Red Lion Road and Verree Road, KYW reported.
Security footage showed the hooded suspect with a bandana over his face and a gun in his hand as he walked up to the female clerk and demanded money.
The employee handed over the cash, which the store owner estimated was likely a couple hundred dollars.
But once the armed robber had the money in his hand, he handed it back, and said that it wasn’t enough to help pay for his daughter’s kidney transplant.
“That was unbelievable, what happened because he actually had the money in his hand and refused to take it, and said it wasn’t enough to pay for his daughter’s kidney transplant,” the store owner, identified only as “Kimo,” told KYW.
After abandoning his attempt to rob the store, the suspect put his gun away and became “friendly” with the clerk before he took off.
“I think for willing to use the gun or taking it out of his pocket, he should be punished for that, but in the same time, as a society we should do something to help people like that and not push him to the edge where they have to use a gun,” Kimo told KYW.
Philadelphia Police Captain Sekou Kinebrew said that the suspect still faces an armed robbery charge, and that investigators believe they know who he is, KRON reported.
Police are also interested in learning more about his daughter, and said they may be able to help his family.
“If you are going to commit a robbery, I guess the best one to commit is one where you don’t complete it, and change your mind,” Capt. Kinebrew said.
“I don’t know what he’s referring to, don’t know if he has a daughter who has some sort of medical need, but he still is in violation of the law for committing a robbery even though he didn’t walk away with anything,” the captain told KYW.