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Screen grab of attempted robbery captured on surveillance video.

A screen grab of an attempted robbery captured on store surveillance video, courtesy of the St. Louis County police.

CLAYTON • St. Louis County police on Saturday accused a 17-year-old Sunset Hills man of trying to rob a south St. Louis County gas station – and the St. Louis police chaplain working there –  late Thursday night.

Daniel McSkimming, 17, of the 9000 block of Middlewood Court, now faces a charge of first-degree attempted robbery. Bond has been set at $20,000 cash.

Police say that the robber, wearing a T-shirt over his face, entered the BP gas station at 11940 Tesson Ferry Road, pointed a handgun at the chaplain and demanded money.

The chaplain reached over the counter, pulled down the T-shirt, and pulled his own gun after the cash register jammed, police said. When the chaplain fired a warning shot, the robber fled.

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The robber's face was captured on video, which led to a police raid of the McSkimming home and his arrest Friday, police said.

McSkimming's family could not be reached for comment Saturday.

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