Sporting Goods Store Clerk Recovering From Attack

By: Brittany Lowe, Mollie Lair Email
By: Brittany Lowe, Mollie Lair Email

UPDATE: 2/18/2012 10:40 AM

The man was asking for change for a one hundred dollar bill. But his suspicious behavior put the clerk on alert so she contacted the owner.

"While she was in the middle of texting me or just post texting me he pushed her from behind and put a knife or some sharp object to her neck," says co-owner of Mad's Sporting Goods and Outdoors Mike Sutton.

The clerk was behind the counter when the man attacked her. But she fought back. Trying to reach the panic button, but then he knocked her out.

"You know she was kinda in an area where she couldn't be seen by the front door. So it actually did prevent a pretty good timeline. About an hour and a half before...from the time it happened to the time she was found," says Sutton.

The man locked the front door and left through the back. She was unconscious that entire hour and a half before the co-owner found her.

"I'm grateful to God that she's alive. That she survived so you know that's very important. That's more important to anything else," says Sutton.

The clerk is still recovering from the concussion. Doctors say there is no permanent damage, but it may take weeks before the dizziness and fatigue fade.

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The Wood County Sheriff's Office says a robber held a knife to a clerk's neck.

Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy tells WTAP News it all happened at Mad's Sporting Goods Store at about 11:00am Wednesday.

Sheriff Sandy says a white man entered the store and held a knife to the 35-year-old woman's neck.

Sheriff Sandy says there was a struggle. The clerk fought back but eventually was thrown on the floor. She hit her head and was knocked unconscious.

The Sheriff's Office believes the motive was robbery but nothing appeared stolen. The clerk was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Sheriff Sandy says they have do have a potential suspect but asks anyone who noticed anything unusual from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Boaz to call the Wood County Sheriff's Office at 304-424-1940.


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