LAWRENCE — A man stuck a pistol in the face of a clerk at a multi-services business on Trenton Street and demanded money Sunday afternoon, police said.
When police arrived, about 1:07 p.m., the 19-year-old clerk at CAMC Cash Multi-Center was hysterical and began hyperventilating, prompting officers to call for an ambulance.
Officers were unable to take a statement from her because she was too upset and kept repeating, "The gun. The man had a gun," police said.
Her 16-year-old brother told police he was in the store hanging out with his sister and while they were talking a man entered and pointed a handgun at the window toward his sister.
He told police the man said in Spanish "The money; give me all your money."
He told police his sister began to reach for the telephone to call police when the man placed the gun up against the glass aimed at his sister and told her "Don't call anyone, and just give me your money."
He told police his sister then reached into the cash register and gave the man an undetermined amount of cash.
The brother told Sgt. William Beck and Officers Carmen Purpora and Claudio Camacho the man then ran out of the store and fled northbound on Lawrence Street, and that is when he contacted the police.
He described the man as wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
The clerk was treated at the scene by a Patriot Ambulance crew and then taken to Lawrence General Hospital for further treatment, police said.
Police will meet with the owner of the business and try again to interview the clerk.