New Bedford Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery late Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts near the corner of Purchase and Austin streets. Published reports indicate that an employee of the store realized it was about to be robbed when he saw a man enter the store wearing a mask and hooded sweatshirt. The employee escaped out the drive thru window and called police.

The suspect fled on foot before police arrived and witnesses described him as a 40 year old man, about 5 foot 8, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He was armed with a handgun. Police say that nothing was taken from the store.