Customers help thwart robbery in Lowell


LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Police say a customer thwarted an attempted robbery at a Lowell market by punching the suspect in the head and holding him down until police arrived.

Officers responded to Pailin Market at about 2:45 p.m. Monday and found several customers restraining the suspect.
Witnesses say a man walked into the store wearing a black ski mask and threatened to "hurt somebody" unless the clerk opened the register.
The Sun reports that the robber kept his hand in his pocket, which led the clerk to believe he was armed.
A customer punched the suspect in the back of the head before tackling him.
Police say 44-year-old Frederick Pepe is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on an assault with intent to rob charge. It was not known if he has a lawyer.