WILMINGTON, N.C. – A North Carolina convenience store worker used a machete to foil a robbery, fighting back against the suspect and locking her in the store.
The Wilmington Star News reported Mark Headstrong fought back against 42-year-old Edna Suell who allegedly tried to rob his Wilmington store with a crowbar earlier this month.
The suspect allegedly demanded money from the clerk and the clerk slapped her with the flat side of a machete, according to the paper.
The two scuffled and the clerk allegedly locked the suspect inside. Witnesses called 911 and officers arrived and arrested her.
The suspect faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and two charges of theft in the incident.
She allegedly told police the clerk tried to rape her, but the clerk said he has video footage that disproves that claim.
The clerk said he has weapons hidden throughout the store including a hatchet, knives and swords. He said he admires the action movie star Steven Seagal.
“I said to myself, ‘Welcome to the lion’s den,'” he told the paper, referring to when the suspect entered. “I have martial arts training and I am using it.”