WATCH: store clerk’s machete fends off knife-wielding suspects robbery

connectVideoGas station clerk uses machete to defend himself against knife-wielding robber

Not to put a knife to a machete fight.

An Alabama gas station clerk defends himself with a machete by two alleged robbers, pull out knives and demand that he hand over the cash in the register, shocking surveillance video shows.

The Huntsville Police Department released images of the March 16 incident, which took place at a Conoco convenience store at 3:15 pm


It shows a man, later identified by authorities as 32-year-old Seth Holcomb, advancing on a nameless clerk with a knife, when the clerk pulls out a much larger knife of his own.

The fight begins behind the counter with the two men waving their blades at each other. They spill through the front of the store, knocking down shelves, and eventually outside, in the gas station fill-up area.

The clerk of the court and a second suspect in fight outside the store, where the clerk smote their getaway car so that the police could recognize.
(Huntsville Police via Storyful)

A second suspect, a 33-year-old woman is later identified as Laney Nicholson, appears in the neighbourhood of the getaway if the employee pursues her accomplice out of the store. Would they pull a knife of her own and begins the fight of the registrar.

“At that time, Holcomb has the presence of mind to go back in the store and take the cash drawer of the cash register,” the Lt. Michael Johnson told the North Alabama WAFF-TV.

While Holcomb is in getting the money, the machete-wielding clerk pounds the getaway car, smashing the windscreen and other windows. He later told the police that he wanted to “visible sign” of the car, so the police could “easily identified.”

Seth Holcomb, 32, and Laney Nicholson, 33, were arrested and could face up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree robbery.
(Huntsville Police Department)

The suspects were initially able to make their escape, but police arrested them a short time later. The suspects and the clerk were treated for minor injuries to their hands, reported.

Holcomb and Nicholson were both charged with first-degree theft and criminal mischief on top of the individual costs of theft of property and assault, Newsweek reported. Since first degree robbery is a Class A misdemeanor in Alabama, she could face up to life in prison, if convicted.


The employee will not be prosecuted, Johnson said.

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