79-year-old store clerk robbed, stabbed

June 2, 2008 8:39:49 PM PDT
A 79-year-old store clerk has a frightening story to tell after being slashed on the job.

A Fayetteville teenager is one of two men charged with holding up a candy store, and cutting the woman's face.

Aneta Bickford has worked at a small candy store, Jim's Candy Corner, near the Bragg Boulevard Flea Market for 14 years and has owned it the last two.

The store is normally closed on Monday and Tuesday. She says on Friday she literally got the scare of her life.

"See you can tell where I guess, I don't know, maybe he put the knife there," Bickford said.

She is bruised, sore and cut, but very thankful to be alive.

"It's something that I will not ever forget, Greg; I'm telling you I was never so scared," she said.

She says, 18-year-old Jason Powell, stormed into her shop with his t-shirt up over his face, and jumped over the counter waving a knife, slashing her.

"And he said, 'I'm telling you open ? if you don't open that register I'm going to cut your throat,' and I believe he would have," Bickford said.

She says he then took money and her pocketbook, and fled.

Fayetteville Police say an eyewitness saw the get-away car, which officers later stopped down the road.

"They found some of the victim's property and arrested the two guys inside the vehicle," Fayetteville Police Sgt. John Somerindyke said.

Powell and 21-year-old Tysheem Rashad DuBose are jailed and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries.

Bickford says she did not know how badly she was cut until an ER doctor told her.

"He said this cut down here wasn't a bad cut, but if it had been a little harder when he cut here, he said it would have cut the jugular, and I wouldn't be here," she said.

She was back at work on Saturday. And on Monday, she says she was out cutting her grass --thanking god for her life and good fortune.

Bickford admitted she was kind of jumpy while alone inside the store on Saturday. Now she makes sure someone else is with her inside the store. She says she has no plans of closing.


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