The attempt to rob a Carbon County store was foiled when the owner used a broomstick on the robber.
State police at Lehighton said the incident occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pappy's General Store, located at 600 White St., in Bowmanstown.
Troopers said store owner, Bhaskarbhai P. Patel, 48, was sweeping at the entrance of the store when a white male confronted him displaying a small black handgun. The would-be robber demanded money from Patel.
Patel instead used the broomstick to strike the wrist of the hand holding the gun. The robber then fled the scene.