GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) – A clerk at a Gastonia gas station tried her best to thwart a robbery Monday night, according to Gastonia police.
A man entered the Kingsway on West Garrison Boulevard around 7:28 p.m. and demanded money, officials say.
The robber was reportedly armed with a knife and took the cash register drawer. Police say the clerk followed the robber out of the gas station and sprayed pepper spray through his sunroof before he drove off.
“I hope I got him with the mace because his car windows were all up so if I got him, he felt it,” explained Kingsway employee Michelle Trainor.
Trainor said that when the man first demanded money, she thought he was joking. She said she threatened to spray him once he pulled out a knife. She said an adrenaline rush is what led her to pursue the suspect.
“I don’t regret anything that I did,” she explained.
She said she had only had the spray a couple of days prior to using it. She said she also felt the affects of the mace after using it.
“I hope that whatever you got out of that register was worth going to jail,” she said in reference to the suspect.
Police say the man was driving a black four-door vehicle, but no other details were available regarding his description.
Police say they would never advise someone chase after a suspect.
The incident was recorded on the store’s surveillance cameras. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call police.
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