WILKES-BARRE — Tracey Murray would like to take a good cut at the man who tried to take a cut of her money.
Murray grabbed a baseball bat from behind the counter at Peter’s Deli on North Main Street and swung at the would-be robber Friday morning.
She didn’t connect and he struck out only grabbing a pack of Kool cigarettes worth about $6 before fleeing.
“I was the only one in the store at the time,” she said of when the man came into the store around 9:15 a.m. and asked for a pack of cigarettes.
The man pulled a knife and told her to turn around slowly. “He said, ‘Give me all your money,’ and I grabbed a bat,” Murray said.
Murray said she banged the aluminum bat on the counter and screamed so her husband Tom in the back office would hear.
“I started swinging my bat at him,” Murray said. By then the man was heading toward the door.
Her husband came out, grabbed the bat from her and chased the man riding a blue mountain bike south on North Main Street and west onto Courtright Street. Her husband and others were still looking for the man hours after the attempted robbery.
Murray said she called Luzerne County 911 and police responded. They checked the area and were unable to locate the man.
She described the man as white, in his late 40s to early 50s and wearing a green knit cap with a ball on top and possibly a football insignia on the side. He was wearing a brown Carhartt-type work jacket, blue jeans and boots. The man had been a customer in the store on other occasions to buy beer, Murray said.
She provided customers that morning with copies of a photo of the man standing at the counter taken by the store’s surveillance system.
“People are angry,” she said of the crime in the city. “They want to take back the city.”