PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police say an armed robber was badly hurt after he had to break out of a gas station when an employee locked him inside.

It all happened early Wednesday morning at a gas station near 24th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

[WATCH: Armed robber hurts himself while trying to leave Phoenix gas station]

Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police Department said the suspect "was wielding a large pipe, or pole."  

Police say as the robber stole cigarettes, the employee was able to escape through the front door and lock the man inside.

The man was able to get out after breaking through the glass, but police say he badly hurt himself doing so.

"Cut himself quite severely, and lost a lot of blood," Lewis said. 

Once he got out, the man ran a short distance before collapsing.

"First responders arrived, and they treated him. He was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition, and at this time he's in stable condition," Lewis said. 

Bethany Home Road was closed at the Interstate 17 while police investigated. It has since reopened.

His identity has yet to be released.

The investigation is ongoing.


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