Machete-wielding man stabs store clerk over case of beer
NEW ORLEANS - A convenience store clerk was slashed with a machete by a man who tried to buy beer early Thursday, according to New Orleans Police.
48-year-old Willie Carruth was arrested a short time later, machete still in on his person and was taken into custody after what NOPD described as a "brief standoff".
The incident happened at around 4:15 a.m. when Carruth walked into Key's Fuel Mart on North Rampart. When the clerk refused to sell Carruth beer because the credit card he tried to use didn't have his name on it, the man tried to dash from the store without paying for the beer he was still carrying.
Police said when the clerk tried to grab the beer back, Carruth whipped out a machete, stabbed the clerk and ran away into the early morning darkness.
NOPD officers spotted the man about 45 minutes later about six blocks away from the scene of the hack-and-slash crime.
Investigators said he was still armed with the machete and "other sharp objects" at the time of his surrender.
WWL-TV reports Carruth was taken to an area hospital for mental evaluation.
After his release from the hospital, the man was booked on charges of aggravated battery, theft of goods and resisting an officer.