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February 27, 2018

Video: Heroic Pizza Hut employee fights back against three armed robbers

Philly police say suspects fled Germantown restaurant without taking anything

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An employee of a Philadelphia Pizza Hut, right, pushes armed robbers who entered the restaurant demanding money.

No one out pizzas the hut. No one robs it, either, at least not without facing a fight.

Three males, all armed with handguns, entered the Pizza Hut at 301 W. Chelten Ave. at 9:21 p.m., Feb. 19, Philadelphia police said. The suspects demanded money, jumped over the counter and pointed weapons at the employees.

Had the robbers checked the reviews for the Germantown location before their attempted crime, they would have read a mixed range of complaints and praise about the restaurant and its workers. What they would not have learned was that when they tried and stick up the joint, one of the employees would come out swinging.

Surveillance video released by police shows one worker pushing the robbers back toward the counter and, with a gun pointed in his face, toppling over a shelves of pizza boxes to deter the suspects.

The suspects were last seen fleeing north on Pulski Avenue. Nothing was taken, no shots were fired and no one was injured, according to police. You can watch video of the incident below.

Here's how police describe the suspects:

Suspect #1: Black male, 18-20 years old, 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and blue/white sneakers.

Suspect #2: Black male, 18-20 years old 150 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white "North Face" logo on the front, black ski mask, dark colored pants, and black sneakers.

Suspect #3: Black male, 16-20 years old, 130 pounds, wearing a black zip up hooded jacket with a white zipper and white stripes on lower sleeve, black pants, and black sneakers.

If you see the males, call 911 immediately. Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or the Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/3354. Tips can also be submitted by texting PPD TIP or 773847, or by submitting an online form.