Denison Police said they intend to file aggravated robbery charges against a man after he allegedly entered a convenience store last week, pointed his hand at the clerk as if it were a gun and demanded money from the register.
Lt. Mike Eppler said the incident happened on the evening of Nov. 16 at the Sunshine Food Store in the 1200 block of West Crawford Street. Eppler said the male suspect walked into the store and demanded cash but was quickly met with opposition.
“The clerk refused to do that and wound up grabbing a bat and chasing the suspect out of the store,” Eppler said. “The clerk then reportedly hit the vehicle that the suspect got in with the bat several times. The suspect didn’t get anything.”
Eppler said the suspect fled the scene but was later stopped by Sherman Police in a vehicle that was reported to the department as stolen. The man was arrested on charges unrelated to his alleged holdup of the convenience store. It was unclear whether the suspect remained in custody Monday, but Eppler said the department knows his identity.
Though the suspect left the store empty-handed, Eppler said members of the public should always comply with such a demand if they find themselves in a similar situation.
“It’s not worth risking your life over money,” Eppler said. “Just give it to them. That’s what we recommend because we don’t anybody getting hurt or worse.
Eppler said because the suspect threatened the clerk as if he had a weapon, the charge was elevated to aggravated robbery. The case will soon be handed over the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.