Clerk fights off would-be robbers

Two men who tried to rob Bloomington General Store left empty handed when the store clerk put up a fight Friday morning.

The clerk was alone in the store, 12985 State Highway 185, at about 4:30 a.m. Friday when two men with dark masks on their faces walked in, demanding money. One of the men held a small baseball bat, Capt. Herb Tucker of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office said.

When the clerk refused to give the men the money, they attacked him. He grabbed a chair and swung it at them, using the chair to fight off the men.

The men left the store empty handed.

An ambulance arrived, and the clerk allowed the medics to examine him, giving him first aid for his right forearm, which had been injured by one of many swings of the bat. The clerk declined to be transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Tucker said they are investigating the incident, declining to reveal more details because the investigation is ongoing. He said the clerk didn't have a clear description of the men, but they're working on getting a copy of the store's surveillance tapes to help with the investigation.

"When you're being hit with a baseball bat, it's very difficult to remember height and weight and the things you need for a description. It all happened in the blink of an eye," he said.