Published: Feb 20, 2013 6:15 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.-  Cape Coral Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the masked woman who tried to rob the Metro PCS on Del Prado Boulevard on January 2nd.

The unidentified woman demanded cash from store employees and upon their refusal, a customer became the next victim.

In surveillance footage obtained by police, the suspect could be seen throwing her arms around the 68 year old woman's neck demanding cash and holding what looked like a weapon to her neck.

"I told the customer don't give her the purse. She doesn't have a weapon.  Don't give her the purse," store manager Allyson Fraser said.

A few seconds later, Fraser, who also made the 911 call, snatched what turned out to be a flashlight from the would-be robber. 

In a bizarre twist, the woman gave up and walked to a nearby Cruiser's Lounge.

Cape Coral police hope video of the woman without her mask will help them identify her.

Lieutenant Tony Sizemore says the woman stopped in the bar both before and after the attempted robbery.

"Good, quick escape, and when you walk outside of cruiser's it looks like you're just any other patron walking out.  It wouldn't cause alarm," he said.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest.  To report a tip, call 1-800-780-8477.