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Lowell police stop fake armed robbery during filming

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Surveillance footage shows a masked man walking in to a convenience store in Lowell waving a gun around and point it at the clerk’s head.

The scene was so real that when someone walking by saw it they called the police who soon swarmed the business.

What the onlooker and police didn’t know is that several college students were using the store to film a movie.

“They just ran in, I was on the ground in no time cuffed up,” Pat Farrell, the gunman in the movie said.

Aamer Nizami wrote the comedic short about a bumbling robber and played the clerk. They were filming in his brother-in-law’s convenience store after it was closed.

Two lines before the filming was set to wrap up, police showed up and took all three men to the ground.

In hindsight the three college students admit they didn’t realize how serious it looked from the outside.

They're remorseful and apologetic and they said they completely understand why police didn't find their comedy very funny.

“One of them called us knuckle heads,” Nizami said.

Police saw the script on the counter and after a stern talking to they decided not to press charges.

They warn film makers to give them notice if they are filming anything that could look like a crime.
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