Virginia Bandit Swings a Big Stick

By Derrick Ward
|  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 AM EDT
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Derrick Ward

Manassas police are looking for the robber who threatened a grocery store owner with a giant stick.

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An unusual weapon led to a tense, awkward standoff between a market owner and a robber Tuesday morning.

As a Manassas, Va., storeowner opened his business, a man barged in wielding a really big stick -- taller than he was it appears; a staff, really. As far as police are concerned, it was an armed robbery.

The storeowner, Jugal Uppal, grabbed a nearby hammer to defend himself.

At one point, the robber jumped the counter. Uppal grabbed the stick but didn't hang on for long. He complied with the robber after being roughed up a little bit.

Uppal injured his shoulder but will be OK.

Check out this surveillance video, and if you have an leads in the case, contact police:

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