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Wielding a blood-filled syringe, robber sticks up Philly restaurant

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PHILADELPHIA (PIX11) — A syringe-wielding man burst into a Philadelphia Chinese food restaurant and threatened that he’d stab workers with the dirty needle if they didn’t hand over cash, police said.

The bizarre heist was caught on surveillance video, released Monday by the Philadelphia Police Department.

Investigators told Philly.com that the robber said, in Spanish, “I have AIDS, give me your money,” as he waved the blood-filled syringe.

It happened about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at Eddie’s Chinese Food Restaurant, located at 113 East Allegheny Ave., police said.

A 32-year-old woman was working behind the counter when the culprit came in. She threw $200 at the armed attacker, who then ran away with the cash.

He’s described as a Hispanic or Dominican male in his early 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a dark complexion. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and Adidas track pants when he stuck up the restaurant.

Police are asking for the public’s help to find the attacker, warning anyone who sees the man to not approach him but instead to call 911.

Anyone with information is urged to report their tips to the East Detective Division at 215-686-3253/3254.