Machete-wielding man tries to steal beer from convenience store

Machete-wielding man tries to steal beer from convenience store

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A machete-wielding man attempted to steal beer from a convenience store near the edge of the French Quarter, according police.

The incident happened around 4:15 a.m. Thursday at Key's Fuel Mart, located at the intersection of N. Rampart and Governor Nicholls streets.

Willie Carruth, 48, entered the store and attempted to purchase beer using a credit card that did not have his name on it, police say. The clerk refused to accept the credit card.

The clerk tells police that the suspect then attempted to leave the store without paying for the beer. The clerk attempted to take back the beer and Carruth stabbed him in the hand with a machete, officers say.

The suspect fled the scene. After broadcasting a description of the suspect, police say Carruth was located near the intersection of Columbus and North Villere streets. Officers say he was found with a machete and other sharp objects. He refused to disarm and surrender, police say.

Following brief negotiations, Carruth surrendered. He was transported to the hospital for a mental evaluation. Once released, he will be booked into Central Lock-Up on charges of aggravated battery, theft of goods and resisting an officer.

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