GLOVERSVILLE - A man flashed a hunting knife in front of a Price Chopper supermarket cashier and demanded money, then fled in a vehicle and struck a gas pump at a convenience store, city police said.
Police later found Jed Richards, 50, and charged him with first-degree attempted robbery, a felony, driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and three traffic violations: driving without a seat belt; driving a car with no inspection sticker and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.
Police said Richards entered the North Main Street Price Chopper at 11:46 p.m. Wednesday, pulled out the hunting knife and demanded money.
Gloversville police provided this photo of Jed Richards.
The Price Chopper cashier recognized Richards and yelled at him to get out of the store, said Police Capt. John Sira.
The man fled, said police, who were given a description of the car Richards was driving.
Shortly after the reported robbery attempt, police received a call about a gasoline pump at the Cumberland Farms at 136 N. Main being hit by a motor vehicle, police said.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene without stopping the car, said police, who determined the motorist was Richards.
Officers began searching the area and found Richards driving a red Ford Explorer near the intersection of North and Temple streets, police said.
Richards, described by police as homeless, was given sobriety tests and taken into custody, police said.
Police said they found the hunting knife in the Explorer.