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Grocer attacked for can of Spaghetti-O's

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

September 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Albany grocery store manager was back at work Wednesday morning, after being cut on the neck during a bizarre robbery attempt Tuesday afternoon. The grocer was cut by a woman trying to steal a can of Spaghetti-O's.

Sixty-seven-year-old Marion Brown was back behind the counter at the Daylight Grocery on South Jackson Street, wearing a bandage on his neck where he was cut by a woman trying to take a can of Spaghetti-O's.

Brown said "She would have killed me."

Forty-seven-year-old Connie Harvey is charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. Brown says Harvey is a regular customer and didn't enough money to buy the Spaghetti-O's. He asked her to leave and as he was leading her out, he says she attacked him.

Brown said " She scratched me right back there with a knife, or whatever it was."

Brown ran out of the store, while he says Harvey started taking money from behind the counter. Brown and the store owner held the doors closed, trapping her in the store. Brown says she got a hammer and tried to hit them to escape.

Brown said "He hold the door and wouldn't let her come out the door. About that time, the Policeman came around the corner with his pistol."

Wednesday a steady stream of customers stopped by to check on Brown. He has worked in the store for more than 13 years, and is well known and liked. He says if Harvey had just asked him for the food.

Brown said "I'd have give it to her. If she had said Mr. Brown will you give me a can of Spam or something, sure I'd have given it to her. I'd be glad to, because she was hungry."

But Brown says crime is not going to stop him looking after the store. "I love to sit around her and see my friends. We love to talk."

But Brown says he worries about crime and drugs in his neighborhood.

Police still have not recovered the weapon they say Harvey used to cut Brown. She hid it somewhere in the store, but Brown says he will find it.

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