Robbery victim credits cell phone with saving his life

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — A Florida gas station clerk considers himself pretty lucky after his cellphone stopped a bullet from entering his torso.

Winter Garden police say around 4:45 a.m. Monday, an armed man entered the Hess station and asked a clerk to help him locate a certain beverage.

The suspect then pulled out a revolver and ordered the clerk to open the safe.

When two workers were unable to open the safe the suspect fired a single round.

Police said it wasn’t until they were interviewing the clerk that he started to complain of feeling chest pain.

“The clerk said, ‘I feel like my chest hurts.’ That’s when medical personnel started looking at him, realized the guy had actually shot at him, hit him, and the cell phone had stopped his bullet,” said Winter Garden police Lt. Scott Allen.

The screen was shattered and embedded with a bullet.

“I’ve seen individuals get shot with low-caliber handguns and I’ve seen it be life ending. So for this gentleman to be as lucky as he is, it’s a good day for us,” said Winter Garden police Lt. Scott Allen.

The clerk was taken to the hospital to be checked out but was quickly released. The second clerk was not harmed.

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