When a pair of knife-wielding crooks robbed a convenience store in Huntsville, Alabama, last week, the clerk manning the station was prepared. Channeling a famous scene from the movie, "Crocodile Dundee," the attendant one-upped the thugs by presenting an even bigger knife — a machete.
But the clerk was in for a fight.
What are the details?
Cops say Seth Holcomb, 32, pulled out a knife and demanded cash from the clerk at a Conoco station around 3:15 a.m. Saturday. According to Newsweek, the unnamed clerk responded by auto-locking the door, calling 911, and grabbing a machete he keeps at the ready.
The two men then engaged in a knife fight behind the counter that spilled over into the store, knocking over shelves. Holcomb was able to smash through the door to escape, but the clerk chased the perpetrator outside.
The clerk then used his machete to smash up the getaway car in an attempt to make it more identifiable to police, Fox News reported. At that point, the clerk was confronted by Holcomb's alleged accomplice, 33-year-old Laney Nicholson, who pulled out a knife of her own.
While the clerk was distracted, Holcomb ran back into the store and grabbed the cash register before he and Nicholson fled — but they didn't get far. Officers apprehended the two a half-mile down the road.
Newsweek reported that Holcomb and Nicholson were charged with first-degree robbery and criminal mischief. Holcomb was hit with an additional charge of theft of property, and Nicholson with an added charge of assault. First-degree robbery is a Class A felony in Alabama, meaning the two could face life in prison.
AL.com reported that the suspects and clerk all suffered cuts on their hands, but none of the injuries were serious.