A whack with the coffee pot discourages a robber at High's

April 12, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

When a man jumped over the counter of a Hampstead convenience store and demanded that the clerk open the cash register, the 22-year-old cashier drove him off by whacking him over the head with a glass pot of hot coffee.

A cashier at High's Dairy Store told Maryland State Police the man came into the store about 7:30 a.m. Sunday and asked for change for a $100 bill.

Police said the man did not show the bill and they believe it was a ruse to get the cash drawer open.

When the clerk told the man she could not change such a large bill, he questioned, "What's wrong with this place?" and she replied, "We're not a bank."

She told investigators the man became angry, vaulted the counter, demanded that she open the cash register and attacked her.

The cashier grabbed the glass coffee pot and struck the man over the head, shattering the container and spilling the hot coffee over him.

Police said the intruder struck the clerk in the face, knocking her to the floor and causing small lacerations on her right cheek, forearm, wrist and hand.

He was described as about 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes and with several front teeth missing.

He was wearing faded blue jeans and a sweat shirt.

The clerk, who declined to go to the hospital, was treated at the scene by the crew of the Hampstead medic unit.

The assailant was last seen running from the store -- empty-handed.

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