Store clerk threatened

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 22, 2005

WOODLAND – A Woodland man was arrested Friday night after threatening to kill a store clerk and firing a shot outside of the store.

Brad Stephen Taylor, 25, of 222 Mulberry Street in Woodland was arrested Friday night and charged with assault by pointing a weapon, communicating a threat and carrying a concealed firearm.

Several people heard shots Friday night and Woodland police officer George Reed responded to the disturbance.

&uot;Taylor entered the Rite-Way Grocery Store in Woodland and pointed a .32-caliber revolver at the man working the cash register and threatened to kill him,&uot; Woodland Police Chief Don Ryan said.

According to Chief Ryan, the cashier pulled out a weapon of his own in self-defense and Taylor backed out of the store. Taylor then fired one round once he was outside of the store and then the clerk fired several rounds, apparently defending himself.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the exchange and no damage was found.

Officer Reed later saw Taylor coming out of the wooded area near the M&M Pool Hall. Taylor ran, but Reed chased him down and arrested the suspect.

Taylor was held under a $4,000 bond, but posted bond and is due back in court on October 6.

Taylor was scheduled to appear in court last week for several traffic-related offenses, but his attorney had that case continued to a later date.

The suspect claimed the cashier at the Rite-Way Store had made an unwanted sexual advance on his girlfriend at the Woodland Post Office earlier in the week.