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Man claiming to be armed tries to rob Walgreens near Union Square, flees: police

EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — An attempted robber who claimed to be armed is being sought after threatening a Walgreens near Union Square Tuesday, police said.

A man said he was armed as he attempted to rob a Walgreens, on East 14th Street and Fourth Avenue in the East Village, around 10:20 a.m., police said.

A weapon was never seen, police said.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, fled without taking anything and is now being sought, according to police.

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