Derringers are a popular style of pistol, but a faux rifle made by a man with the same name wasn’t nearly as effective when it was used in an attempt to rob a local Circle K Christmas afternoon.

On Monday, police arrested Jeffrey Derringer, 48, of Akron after they say he tried to rob the convenience store at Main Street and Tallmadge Avenue with a homemade fake rifle.

Police said at about 2 p.m., Derringer, who is a known customer at that Circle K, entered the store with a hooded sweatshirt over his head waving what appeared to be a rifle.

According to police, Derringer demanded everyone get down on the floor and empty the cash register.

One employee ran to the back of the store to call police.

In that time, another employee got a closer look at what Derringer actually had — a makeshift rifle fashioned out of a pipe, a fake scope, a spring and two table legs clamped together as the stock.

The latter employee ran around the counter and confronted Derringer. Three customers in the store joined the employee.

Derringer took off running.

An employee and three customers chased Derringer into an empty parking lot next door, where they detained him for less than five minutes until police arrived.

Police charged Derringer with aggravated robbery. He was booked to Summit County Jail.

He is scheduled to appear in Akron Municipal Court Wednesday.

Circle K employees were not allowed to comment.

Robbery roundup

• At about 10:30 p.m. Monday, another Circle K at 465 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. was robbed.

Police said the robber entered the store, pulled a mask over his face, pointed a black handgun at employees and demanded they empty their cash drawers. Employees handed over an unreported amount.

The man is white, about 6 feet, 2 inches and was wearing a black mask, a hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

• A 34-year-old male reported that he was almost robbed Monday night shortly after 9 p.m. in the parking lot of another gas station in the 1600 block of East Avenue.

The victim reported that an unknown suspect opened the passenger rear door and demanded everything from the victim.

The victim, who is a CCW permit holder, pulled out his handgun.

The suspect fled to a waiting dark green Dodge Dakota that went south on East Avenue. Nothing was taken. The man is white, 30 to 40 years old, weighs between 130 and 150 pounds, stands 5 feet 7 to 6 feet tall, has a scruffy beard and was wearing a black skull cap, a black Carhartt jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information can contact Akron police at 330-375-2552.

Theresa Cottom can be reached at 330-996-3216 or tcottom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @Theresa_Cottom.