Officers responded about 7:30 a.m. to the Valero gas station at 310 E. San Bruno Avenue after a clerk reported a man had tried to rob it nearly two hours earlier, San Bruno police Sgt. Kurt Likins said. The suspect reportedly entered the business about 5:50 a.m., then demanded money while simulating a weapon in his waistband.
The clerk told the man he had just pushed a silent alarm, and the suspect ran way from the station, Likins said. For unknown reasons, the clerk did not call police the first time, but dialed 911 when the suspect returned to the store about 7:30 a.m.
Police arrived and found the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Njawa Pendar, and recovered evidence linking him to the crime, Likins said. The man was taken to San Mateo County jail, where he was booked on attempted robbery charges.