Man Robs Store For Daughter's Operation, Changes Mind And Gives Money Back

The armed suspect had the cash in his hand, then gave it back to the clerk.

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.

Comments (10)
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Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Illegals are robbing us blind every day with the DNC's blessing! If his story is true, help the guy out (unless he's an illegal, then let his own country deal with the family's health issues!)!

kim4angels29
kim4angels29

This gentlemen needs help for his daughter not arrested.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This is a hard one. If his daughters story is true, then it’s a mix of the letter of the law, and plain straight up morals. As a parent, I could understand, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my kids. As far as the law is concerned, I know it is against the law and the emotional scarring that the employee had to go through, and the fact that you change your mind at the last minute, after you’ve already committed the crime doesn’t make it right. If he has no daughter, then it’s cut and dry. Again, this is a hard one.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Obamacare, working as intended.

cspcapt
cspcapt

i know what he did was wrong, but he had good intentions, get the man some help for his daughter-start a go fund