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Man Attacks New Orleans Store Clerk with Machete Over Beer

A machete-wielding man attacked a store clerk after attempting to steal beer from a convenient store in New Orleans, local law enforcement said.
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File: New Orleans Police at scene of a crime. LEE CELANO / Reuters

A machete-wielding man attacked a clerk after attempting to steal beer from a convenience store in New Orleans, police said Thursday.

Suspect Willie Carruth, 48, walked into the Key’s Fuel Mart at around 4:15 a.m. Thursday morning in an attempt to purchase beer using a credit that did not have his name on it, New Orleans police said in a statement.

When Carruth then allegedly tried to steal the beer and leave the store, the 38-year-old male clerk tried to stop him and was slashed in the hand, police said.

The suspect then fled, but when cops arrived on the scene they spotted Carruth several blocks away. He was still armed with a machete "and other sharp objects" and initially refused to disarm and surrender to police, according to the police department statement.

Carruth eventually surrendered and was arrested and taken to a hospital for mental evaluation, police said. Upon release, he will be charged with aggravated battery, theft of goods and resisting an officer.

The condition of the store clerk was not immediately available.