Police: Clerk assaulted with scissors

NEWPORT, Del. - September 11, 2009 It began around 10:43 a.m. on Thursday at the Country Farms store on West Newport Pike in Newport.

Police say the suspect, Vickie Gambrell, walked into the store and told the clerk she wanted $20 worth of gaoline but placed a $1 bill on the counter. The clerk told her she had only given him a dollar, and an argument ensued.

Gambrell spent the next several minutes walking in and out of the store, police say, while screaming and cursing at the clerk to give her money back, insisting she had given him $20.

In a fit of rage, police say Gambrell went behind the counter and started punching the clerk in the face and head, demanding her money. She then allegedly grabbed a pair of scissors and held them to the throat of the clerk, demanding her money back, threatening to hurt him.

Worried for his safety, police say the clerk got out two $10 bills and presented them to Gambrell.

At that point Gambrell left the scene and began to drive away. While in her car Gambrell looked in her purse, only to see the $20 bill she had claimed she had given to the clerk. Police say she returned to the scene and troopers took her into custody.

The clerk, although shaken up, did not require medical attention.

Gambrell was transported from the scene to Troop 6 where she was formally charged with the following offenses: Possession of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony (felony), Aggravated Menacing (felony) and Offensive Touching (misdemeanor). She was released on an $8,500.00 unsecured bond.

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