Arlington police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who started to rob a 7-Eleven at gunpoint but were scared away when a firecracker went off a few seconds into the holdup.

The incident, which happened on Aug.19 in the 1100 block of George Mason Drive, was captured on surveillance video.

At about 3:25 a.m., a man walked into the store and pointed a gun at an employee, police said. As a second suspect appeared in the doorway of the store, afirecracker exploded outside, apparently unrelated to the holdup. The sound startled the men, who fled, police said.

The suspect with the gun is described by police as a white man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build and black hair. He was wearing grey hooded sweatshirt, a dark bandana around his face and black shorts. The second suspect is described by police as a black man, about five feet seven inches tall with an average build. He was wearing a white v-neck t-shirt and dark shorts, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the crime to contact Detective John Donaggio at 703-228-4167 or