Police: Would-be robber chased off by bat-wielding store owner

Photo of Edward Tuffo provided by New Bedford Police Dept.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A suspected armed robber was arrested early Friday, moments after police say he was scared off by a bat-wielding convenience store owner.

According to New Bedford Police, 50-year-old Edward Tuffo walked into the 7-Eleven on Coggeshall Street in New Bedford shortly after midnight Friday, approaching a female clerk at knifepoint, and demanded cash.

At that point the store owner pulled out a small baseball bat, causing the would-be robber to run off empty-handed.

Police arrested Tuffo at the intersection of Coggeshall Street and Bellevue Avenue moments later.

Tuffo is charged with one count of attempted armed robbery.

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