A video surveillance image from an an armed robbery Tuesday at the Fastbreak II convenience store on Old Leicester Highway. / Special to the Citizen-Times
Asheville, NC (ACT) -- A bold convenience clerk tried to fight off a robber Tuesday. Her weapon of choice: coffee.
Buncombe County sheriff's officers late Tuesday were still looking for a man who robbed the store at gunpoint and escaped with cash, but not before being doused with a pot of hot coffee.
The incident was reported shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Fastbreak II store on Old Leicester Highway at the Erwin Hills Road intersection, northwest of Asheville.
The robber, who had a mask covering his face, brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the store clerk, according to authorities. No one was injured.
"The clerk, in an effort to defend herself, threw a pot of hot coffee on him," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Natalie Bailey said. "So, he may have some burns."
The robber was wearing a nylon multicolored jacket, blue jeans and gloves.
The man is believed to have fled in a black, late 1990s model Chevrolet Tahoe, Bailey said.
Resident Billy Carter, who has lived beside the convenience store for 35 years, said the robbery was unsettling, particularly because a gun was involved.
"It's surprising," Carter said. "It's been quite a few years since we had a robbery there. I hope they catch him."
He said he didn't know anything about the crime until a deputy came to his door to ask if he'd seen anything.
Carter, who knows the store clerk, said he wasn't all that surprised that she threw coffee on the robber because of her feisty disposition.
Written By: Sabian Warren, Asheville Citizen-Times