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Clerk's wallet stops bullet during robber struggle

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Posted: Mar 23, 2012 8:45 AM
Source: Associated Press

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MODESTO, Calif. - A California convenience store clerk's wallet has stopped a bullet during a struggle with an armed robber.

The Modesto Standiford Minit Mart employee was only bruised by the gunfire.

Three men, one of them armed, entered the convenience store on Wednesday night and demanded money.

Officer Scott Nelson tells the Modesto Bee that the clerk was getting money out of the cash register when the armed robber fired a round.

The clerk then struggled with the gunman and another shot was fired and the bullet lodged in the clerk's wallet in his left pant pocket.

Police arrested 18-year-old Richard Westover and 21-year-old Samuel Leon Lunda, who were booked for investigation of attempted murder, robbery and conspiracy.

Authorities are looking for two other suspects.

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