Topeka store clerk strikes attempted robber with bat

Courtesy: Topeka Police

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — An attempted robbery occurred at the U Market in southeast Topeka Wednesday at around 6:42 p.m.

The suspect threatened the store clerk, Edward Stille, with a pocket knife and demanded money.

“You know sometimes you get mad and you get a little fed up with the bullies in the world and so that’s kinda what happened to me,” Stille said. “Now, if he had a gun it would’ve been a different scenario, but where he had the knife and I was behind the counter I knew I had time to reach for the bat, that’s what he did and really it was because I was just a little bit angry.”

According to Topeka Police, the suspect fled the store after Stille grabbed a bat and struck the suspect once.

The suspect was last seen running south in the 210 block of SE Virginia.

He is described as a white male wearing a red hat, black face mask, grey hoodie, purple latex gloves, blue jeans and black shoes. He is described as being 5’10” to 6′ in height.

If you have any information, call Topeka Police at (785) 368-9551 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.

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