Would be robber beaten up by clerk | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Would be robber beaten up by clerk

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A man punched a 7-Eleven clerk in the head twice during an attempted robbery early Thursday on Emerald Bay Road.

Wearing a baseball cap with a hood over it, the man entered the store at 4:40 a.m. and demanded money from the clerk while jumping over the sales counter.

A cordless drill fell from his waist when he landed. He hit the 45-year-old clerk with his fist twice before the clerk used the drill to pound his shin and knee, said store owner Kevin McCartin.

The clerk and would-be robber tussled for about a minute before the clerk tripped the man as he tried to leave the store. Then he threw the drill at the man’s back.

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“He let out a yelp,” McCartin said.

The man knocked into a rack of pastries, got out the front door, and ran west down toward the “Y.”

“My guy grabbed the tool and whacked this guy with his own weapon. I saw it on tape,” McCartin said. “The good guys won this one, but we won’t win completely until they catch him.”

The white man had a thin mustache, was wearing tan knee-length shorts, dark-blue sweatshirt and brown skate shoes, police said. He looked about 18 years old, was around 5 feet 7 inches tall and 135 pounds.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100.

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