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CASA GRANDE — An armed man wearing a mask attempted to rob the Popeyes restaurant Monday night but the staff simply abandoned him and retreated to the safety of a back room.

The would-be robber, described as a 5-foot-7 heavyset black man, walked into the restaurant shortly before 10 p.m. with a gun in his hand. He demanded money from the staff.

The staff moved quickly, according to Casa Grande Police spokesman Thomas Anderson, and locked themselves in a back room, where the man couldn’t harm them.

A customer was sitting in the dining room when the incident took place and the man demanded the customer help him, but instead, the customer locked himself in a bathroom for safety.

Confused and bewildered, the man simply left without any funds in hand.

“He failed and took off on foot,” Anderson said.

CGPD are still looking for the man and are investigating video footage taken in the area.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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