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Grocery teller fends off alleged robber with tire iron
First Published Apr 24 2012 08:00 pm • Last Updated Apr 24 2012 08:00 pm

A clerk defended her Salt Lake City grocery store with a tire iron after she called a man’s bluff to rob her with a gun.

A Salt Lake City man entered the Fresh Market at 880 West North Temple on April 21 and told the teller to give him all the cash, according to court records.

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When the woman asked if he were joking, the man lifted his shirt and said he had a gun. The clerk didn’t see the gun, so grabbed a nearby tire iron and told the man to leave, saying he’d better "make it good" because she intended to "beat the sh-- out of him," court records state.

The man fled in a maroon car. The clerk provided a partial Idaho license plate number to police.

Officers found the car and spotted the man running away from it. Officers told him to stop, but he ran through a neighborhood house in an attempt to lose police, according to documents.

After the man came out of the house, police arrested him.

Police later learned the car was stolen in a carjacking in West Jordan the previous night.

The man was charged in 3rd District Court on Tuesday with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; theft by receiving stolen property, a second-degree felony; failure to respond to officer’s signal to stop, a third-degree felony; fail to stop at command of law officer, a class A misdemeanor; and criminal trespassing, a class A misdemeanor.

cimaron@sltrib.com

Twitter: @CimCity


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