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The 7-Eleven at Roosevelt Road and Desplaines Avenue, where a man was shot a month ago, was the scene of an attempted armed robbery Monday night.

A suspect approached the counter at about 6 p.m. and pretended to buy a banana from a display, holding out a couple of dollars. But when the clerk opened the cash register, the suspect pulled out a brown revolver and demanded that the clerk empty the cash register into a black bag that he shoved at the clerk.

The clerk immediately pressed the store’s silent security alarm and tried to delay because, he told police, he suspected the gun was not real. The offender allegedly began to walk as if he would come around the counter, but then stopped and asked the clerk, “Did you press the button?”

The clerk reportedly said, “No,” and the man ran from the store toward Desplaines Avenue, without taking any cash.

Police reported that the suspect was a black male in his mid-30s, around 6 feet 3 inches tall, approximately 200 pounds, with a scruffy beard and wearing a button-down shirt, tan shorts and reflective sunglasses.

The store has a surveillance camera, but video from the incident was not immediately available, said Forest Park Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas. He said police would release images of the suspect as soon as video was available.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...