Clerk foils robbery attempt |

Clerk foils robbery attempt

Grass Valley police praised a gas station clerk for thwarting a Tuesday night robbery attempt despite being held at knifepoint.

“It sounded like she stayed really calm. Some people are really calm in those situations,” police Capt. Jerod Johnson said.

The scene unfolded about 11:30 p.m. at the Chevron station on East Main Street and Idaho-Maryland Road after the clerk locked the store to pick up trash in the parking lot.

A white man in his late teens or early 20s approached her, grabbed her arm, showed a small knife and demanded money from inside the business.

“I can’t. The door’s already locked, and the police are called,” she replied, according to Johnson.

The man tried to open the door and, although the police hadn’t been called, he ran away.

Police have no suspects and a vague physical description. He is of average height and build and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, denim cutoffs and tennis shoes.

But the store had a surveillance camera, and the clerk put off going to bed to review videotape to see if the assailant might have been in the store before the holdup attempt, according to Chevron manager Jennifer Dickson.

“She’s doing good,” Dickson said. “She didn’t let him get to her.”

– Doug Mattson

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