Bullet-proof smart phone saves robbery victim

Bullet-proof smart phone saves robbery victim

The front of the cell phone belonging to a Winter Garden, Fla. Hess gas station clerk that stopped a bullet fired at him during an early morning robbery. (ABC News)

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by ABC News

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:56 AM

(ABC News) -- A gas station clerk in Florida was saved from serious injury by his bullet-proof phone.

A man wearing  a hooded sweatshirt and a yellow traffic-type vest entered  a Hess gas station in Winter Garden, Fla., at 4:45 a.m. Monday and asked the female clerk behind the counter for directions to a certain type of beverage, said Lt. Scott Allen of the Winter Garden Police.


When the man came back to the counter, he pulled out a revolver and told the woman to open the safe. A second clerk, a male, entered the station during the attempted robbery, but neither of them were able to open the safe. The gunman left without any money, but not before firing a shot as he was going out the door, according to the lieutenant.

The police arrived just a few minutes later, and was debriefing the clerks when the male clerk made a startling discovery. After complaining of chest pains, he pulled his phone out of a pocket to find that it had been shattered by a bullet, with the round still encased inside.

“You would think that they would feel it at the moment, but it’s things like adrenaline,” said Allen. “I’ve heard of officers getting shot at and not feeling it at all.”

The clerk was released just a few hours after being taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The suspect is still on the run.

 

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