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.
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: