Police Review Public Tips on Attempted Robbery Suspect Using Syringe as Weapon

Surveillance photograph released by Haverhill Police.

Police are following up on numerous tips after WHAV and others posted a suspect’s photograph online Wednesday. The suspect allegedly threatened a clerk with an uncapped syringe during an attempted robbery Tuesday night at Cumberland Farms, 426 Lowell Ave.

WHAV Wednesday reported the suspect “grabbed a can of Coke and approached the clerk, pulled out an uncapped needle, pointed it at the clerk and demanded all of the money,” according to Detective Captain Robert P. Pistone, police spokesperson.

“When the clerk asked if the male was joking the robber stated, ‘do you want aids?’,” Pistone said. “Another customer entered the store which appears to have spooked the would be robber and he fled on foot towards McDonalds.”

WHAV and other media outlets posted online a surveillance photograph released by police which shows a male suspect described as being in his late teens to early twenties, between 5’8” to 5’10” tall, dark blue eyes, dirty blond hair, scruffy facial hair, wearing a white t-shirt and khaki shorts.