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Caught on Video: Tiffin gas station clerk throws milk crates at robber

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The milk crates were flying as a gas station clerk in Tiffin tried to fend off a robber.

The suspect was armed with what appears to be a gun wrapped in a sock.

It happened on Wednesday just after 1 a.m. at the Shell gas station on South Sandusky Street.

13 ABC's Christine Long spoke with the clerk's co-workers and customers.

The clerk's name is Marty. We're told he was so fed up, he put his life on the line in order to try to stop this robbery from happening.

That's Marty McQuistion in the red shirt on the left in the surveillance video.

He was working the third shift on Wednesday when he threw milk crates at a man trying to rob the Shell gas station.

Surveillance video shows Marty fighting back and trying to shoo the suspect away.

Tiffin police say the suspect is a white man wearing all black with gloves and a mask.

The assistant manager of the gas station says the place has been hit several times in the last few weeks.

"Marty is just an excellent worker," says Julie Collins, the assistant manager. "He was just trying to protect the store, trying to keep the guy at bay, not wanting to give in. He does this a lot. We like him on third shift, but this happens to poor Marty quite a bit."

We watched the video with customers.

"That's crazy," says Tom Hoepf.

"Oh wow," says Carole Breidenbach. "Go Marty."

"Unbelievable that he would do that," says Gary Johannsen.

Detectives say the robber is pointing what appears to be a gun wrapped in a sock at the clerk.

The suspect is also holding some type of squirt bottle. He squirted something into Marty's face causing a burning sensation on his skin.

Eventually the robber swipes the entire cash register off the counter and takes off.

"I don't know what he had in his hand there," says Hoepf. "I'm surprised that he'd fight back."

"It doesn't surprise me as many times as he's been robbed," says Breidenbach. "So, I say Go Marty!"

"I probably would do the same thing," says Johannsen. "It's a spur of the moment and when somebody comes in like that to rob you, I don't know, it's a tough call."

Everyone agrees what Marty did was dangerous. For safety reasons, police normally say in cases like this don't fight back.

The assistant manager says Marty finished his shift after the robbery on Wednesday and is doing well.

 "We don't want him hurt by no means. We're just really glad that he's safe," says Collins. "He's very dedicated for some strange reason."

Anyone with information that could help identify the suspect is encouraged to call Tiffin Police at 419-447-2323.

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