VIDEO: Robber Tells Clerk 'We Can Do This The Easy Way Or The Hard Way' - Clerk Chooses 'Hard Way'

Surveillance video shows Speedway store clerk defending himself from a robber.

Cincinnati, OH – A Speedway store clerk delivered a knock-out punch to a would-be robber just after midnight on Monday.

“I work at Speedway. This dude tried to rob me. He tried to jump over the counter and he had a blade in his hand,” the store clerk told the 911 dispatcher when he called for help (video below).

“He’s still in here. I had to knock him out,” the clerk explained.

“Sir, is that male conscious and breathing? Is he? Or did you?” the dispatcher asked.

“He’s breathing. He’s leaking. Yeah, he’s bleeding,” the clerk responded.

Police arrived on the scene and arrested 52-year-old Andre Young.

Young was convicted of using a bat to rob the same Speedway store in 2005, according to WLWT.

The video from the store surveillance camera showed Young attempted to get over the counter, but was pushed back by the clerk.

Then Young attempted to go around the counter, but video showed he was met by the store clerk’s fists.

The clerk delivered a couple of blows that knocked Young flat on his back, where he stayed while the clerk called police.

"The allegations are that the defendant went into a Speedway gas station, brandished a box cutter, and stated, 'We can do this the easy way, or the hard way,'" said Dave Wood, with the Hamilton County prosecutor's office.

"The cashier luckily was able to defend himself, and incapacitate the defendant until police showed up,” Wood said.

"He has five prior felony convictions for aggravated armed robbery, robbery, robbery, aggravated robbery and robbery," Wood said.

Young told police he was holding the box cutter to cut something off his shirt.

When an officer pointed out it's not smart to carry a blade and try to jump a counter if you're not robbing someone, Young replied, "Man, I was drunk."

Young was arraigned on Tuesday, charged with aggravated robbery and assault, according to the Journal-News.

He appeared in court sporting a black eye, and walking with crutches.

Young was ordered held on a $175,000 bond.

You can see the surveillance video in the clip below at about the 40 second mark:

yeah buddy! that employee needs a raise!

How has he not been sent for life? I realize that the three strikes rules have been ignored or thrown out in many places, but he's clearly not attempting to reform...

I loved the "after" photo!

Speedway going to fire him for carrying his fist to work?

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He's lucky that clerk wasn't legally armed or he might have a gaping hole where that black eye is.

"You got knocked the fuggout, man!"

The clerk won't be facing any charges? I fucking well hope not!

Why would it even be said the clerk probably wouoldn't be facing any charges??? Stupid statement. That clerk should be commended and not "possibly" facing a charge. And furthermore, what is this "alleged" crap? Pretty obvious to all of us what the intent was. Nothing alleged about it. Throw his ass in the slammer and leave him there.

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Odds are the business policy is to "Just give them the money." With that they could fire or otherwise punish the clerk.

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