SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –Springfield police say a man tried to rob a Mason Square store with a gun Tuesday evening, but ended up empty-handed. According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, officers arrested 28 year-old Sebastian Alexander Ross of Springfield, about a half an hour after the attempted robbery at the Compucell Store at 1087 State Street.
According to Delaney, police were called to the store at around 5:00, and were told by employees that they had noticed a man inside the store, who was acting strangely. As they noticed the man, they heard a loud banging at the rear door- the man inside the store then pulled out a handgun and jumped over the counter. The employees began yelling, which scared off the accomplice who had made the noise at the back door.
The workers managed to make their escape through the front door, leaving the armed man inside the store alone. He then decided to leave himself, without taking anything. Delaney says that surveillance video from the store gave them a good description of the suspect, and about a half an hour later, police saw Ross on Massachusetts Avenue inside a Chrysler. He was put into custody and taken back to the store, where Delaney says the employees confirmed he was the would-be robber.
He is being charged with attempted armed robbery, as well as possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, as Delaney says Ross allegedly had a large bag of marijuana, as well as smaller packages of pot for sale.