Camera footage shows robber who stabbed clerk at North Charleston dollar store

PROVIDED North Charleston police want help identifying this man who they said stabbed and robbed the clerk Saturday at the Dollar Value store at 3421 Rivers Ave.

Police detectives asked for help Tuesday in identifying a man who stabbed a clerk during a weekend robbery at a North Charleston dollar store.

The incident was reported about 8:30 a.m. Saturday inside the Dollar Value store at 3421 Rivers Ave.

A 46-year-old woman at the cash register later told the North Charleston Police Department that a man had walked in and asked for a quarter in exchange for his two dimes and a nickel because he needed to do laundry, according to an incident report.

As the clerk opened the register drawer, the man reached over the counter, grabbed her shoulder with his left hand and used the knife in his right hand to stab the side of her chest, the report stated.

The robber then grabbed about $98 worth of $1 and $5 bills, and he left on a bicycle headed toward Cosgrove Avenue, according to the document.

Officers arrived to the sight of $5 bills strewn about the register and the floor. The clerk was sitting down and covering a 1-inch gash in the left side of her chest that "did not appear to be very deep," the report stated.

She was taken to Medical University Hospital, and she was expected to recover.

The store's owner saw the man flee the scene, the paperwork stated, and unsuccessfully tried to follow the robber. The robber was described in the report as a 5-foot-11, 160-pound black man who, at the time, was wearing a khaki baseball hat, light blue T-shirt, basketball shorts and white shoes with dark laces.

Surveillance cameras captured the robbery and the stabbing, and the police on Tuesday released images from the footage in hopes of identifying a suspect.

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