SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Police say bystanders subdued a would-be robber who attacked a female customer while trying to hold up a gas station in Sheboygan Falls.

Police Chief Steve Riffel says the 22-year-old suspect demanded money from the clerk at the Q-Mart late Tuesday night and pretended to have a weapon in his sleeve. The clerk refused to hand over any money, so the suspect attacked a 62-year-old woman standing in line. Riffel says the man dragged the woman out of the station and punched her in the face several times while trying to take her purse.

The Sheboygan Press says other customers came to the woman’s aid and held the man to the ground until police arrived.

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