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Store owner draws real gun on alleged robber bearing fake gun

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Mug shot of 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer. (Springfield Police Department) By Daniel Fredman Mug shot of 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer. (Springfield Police Department) By Daniel Fredman

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -- A man armed with a fake gun was unsuccessful in his attempt to rob a Springfield, Massachussets conveince store after the owner drew a real gun on Wednesday night.

Police were called to 108 Walnut St. about 10:20 p.m. after 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer stormed into the store and confronted the owner, Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said.

"Don't move," Pelzer told the owner as he attempted to pistol whip him, according to Delaney.

A struggle subsequently ensued, but ended quickly when the store owner, who is also a licensed gun owner, pulled out his properly registered gun, Delaney said.

Pelzer attempted to flee the store once he lost control of the situation, but the owner had different ideas, Delaney said.

"The store owner called 911 and held the robber inside the store at gunpoint until the cavalry arrived," Delaney said.

Police charged Pelzer, who resides without an address, with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to the arrest report.

"More than likely Pelzer will be taking up residence at the Hampden County House of Correction and will no longer be homeless," Delaney said.

Pelzer was scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court on Thursday.

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