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Man charged with smashing register with ax, biting officer

TRENTON, N. J. – Authorities say a New Jersey police officer was bitten by a man who has an axe to smash a gas station cashier while demanding lottery tickets.

Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor John Boyle told The Associated Press on Friday that the 39-year-old Anthony Hunter, of Trenton, hurried to and bit an officer after police tried to arrest him at a Lukoil station in Ewing.

Prosecutors say Hunter destroy the registry with an axe and demanded that employees fill a bag with scratch cards before he ran from the station. He was Monday arrested and charged with two counts of robbery.

It is unclear whether the officer was injured.

Hunter’s lawyer says NJ.com that his client maintains his innocence. The newspaper reports that Hunter is being held on a combined $ 350,000 bail.

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