September 25, 2007
Tuesday, Charlottesville Police released video of a man who pulled a knife and tried to rob a grocery store clerk.
There were reports the clerk laughed at the masked man, but police said this was no joke. The man was armed and police want to arrest him for attempted robbery.
Charlottesville Police showed us surveillance video from the Kroger on Emmett Street Monday night around 7PM. From that video, you can see the clerk is helping a customer and the male suspect walks behind the customer and waits. Moments later he returns and pulls a mask over his face and pulls a knife on the clerk.
“He says ‘Gimmie’ all you,’ and she kind of looks at him, blows him off, kind of laughs and blows him off a bit,” said Charlottesville Police Capt. Chip Harding, describing the video.
The clerk tells us the man was a regular customer and at first, she thought it was a joke, which is why she didn't comply.
“This is a very serious event that you are watching. We have had people not comply before and they have been shot or stabbed in the city. This turned out fine, but we normally ask crime victims when you are in a situation like this to go ahead and comply,” said Harding.
The clerk was lucky the suspect didn't make good on his threat.
“Anyone who is willing to commit an armed robbery with a knife or a gun is a potentially dangerous individual,” said Harding.
Speaking with the clerk on Tuesday, she was obviously shaken up and says she would recognize the suspect if she saw him again because he was a regular customer. Police feel there is a good chance someone watching might also recognize him.
If you do know who this would-be robber is call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
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