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Cops: Clerk's phone stops robbery suspect's bullet

4:32 AM, Oct 29, 2013   |    comments
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This photo provided by the Winter Garden Police Department 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. (Photo: AP/Winter Garden Police Department)

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (AP) - Police say a cellphone saved a Florida gas station clerk from a robber's bullet.

Winter Garden Police said in an e-mail 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 worker had no idea the bullet had hit his cellphone until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket.

Associated Press

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