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Clerk pulls knife on would-be robber

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A clerk thwarted a robbery attempt Monday when he pulled his own knife on a knife-wielding would-be robber, police said.

Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incident took place about 8 a.m. at the Gulf station at 372 Warrenton Road. The employee told police that a man wearing a black hoodie pulled up to one of the gas pumps, then walked into the store holding a knife in his right hand.

The man walked toward the counter, called the employee a name and demanded that he open the cash register and take money out of it. The employee, who said he’d never seen the man before, responded by grabbing a knife of his own and walking toward the exit behind the front counter. The employee said he didn’t say a word during the encounter, but also didn’t give the man any money.

The would-be robber then pushed multiple chewing gum displays onto the front counter before running out of the same door he came in. He got into his vehicle and sped off.

The man was described as a black male, 20 to 26 years old, about 6 feet tall and between 170 and 180 pounds. He had a short brown afro and was wearing black or blue pants. He left the scene empty-handed in possibly a silver two-door Pontiac. He was last seen heading toward U.S. 1.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 659-2020.

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