Would-be robber threatens to kill Waldo store clerk

A man with a knife threatened to kill a clerk at a Waldo Dollar General store Wednesday night during an attempted robbery.

But the clerk was unable to open the store’s safe and another clerk called 911, so the man fled with nothing.

The holdup attempt began about 8:40 p.m. at 7525 Wornall Road when a man pretending to be a customer asked a clerk who was sweeping the floor about fabric softener. The clerk walked the man to the back of the store to show him. As she neared the office, the man grabbed her left arm, pressed a knife against her abdomen and pulled her into a storage room.

The man told her to open the office door, to get money from the safe, or he would kill her, police said. She said she could not get into the office and the safe wasn’t in there anyway, but the man persisted. He again threatened to kill her and marched her toward the front of the store to summon another clerk to open the office door.

The man waited near the cash registers while the clerk walked over to the second clerk. She told him to call 911.

As the first clerk and the armed man again headed to the back of the store, the would-be robber apparently realized the other clerk had called police and locked the front door. He ran toward the front door, unlocked it and fled.

The would-be robber was described as a black man in his early 30s with a teardrop-shaped tattoo under his eye and two gold teeth on the upper right side of his mouth. He wore a gray sweatsuit and a black stocking cap. Police were investigating whether he was involved with a theft and disturbance at a Dollar General store in south Kansas City earlier Wednesday night.

Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).