Man arrested, accused of trying to rob downtown Austin grocery store with knife

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly attempting to rob a grocery store in downtown Austin with a knife, according to Austin police.

The man working behind the counter of the Bee Grocery store at 206 East Sixth Street told police he witnessed a man enter the store at around 4:37 p.m. he said the man stood at the front counter and removed and replaced his jacket repeatedly before walking off, only to return moments later.

According to the clerk, the man, identified as 20-year-old Frank Drummonds, emptied his pockets onto the counter and a one dollar bill as well as a packet of cigarillos. The clerk said Drummonds claimed he was owed change for the cigarillos and became agitated when he was told they were not bought at that store.

The clerk says Drummonds continued to demand money before eventually pulling out a knife. The clerk told officers he feared he would be stabbed and began dialing 911 but hung up when he noticed Drummonds leaning closer.

The clerk told officers a homeless man then entered the store and told Drummonds to leave. Drummonds complied but as he was leaving told the clerk, “I’ll cut your throat and I’m going to bring some people back break out the windows and damage the store.”

Police say after reviewing the store’s footage of the incident they were able to locate Drummonds and take him into custody.

Drummonds faces a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and his bond is set at $20,000.

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