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Stick-up Man Arrested After Trying To Flee On Lawn Mower

AIKEN, S.C. --- Voltaire said common sense is not so common, case in point; a South Carolina man was arrested after trying to flee the scene of a convenience store robbery on a slow moving lawnmower.

Aiken County Sheriff’s deputies said, 45-year-old Ricky New was charged with first degree assault and battery and armed robbery after he attempted to ride off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

This is not law enforcement's first run-in with New, but it appears that it is the first time he has been accused of holding up a store with a stick. His face was partially covered with a white towel, but when they detained him, they knew who he was from crimes in the past, officials said.

Aiken County Sheriff’s deputies said New walked into Kent’s Korner and said to the clerks “give me your damn money!”

When the clerk didn’t move fast enough New began to strike one of the clerks with a stick that he brought into the store, said Capt Elwell, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

She threw her arm up to protect herself from the attack and was struck on the arm several times.

"She was bruised, but she is OK," Elwell explained.

"He received an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on his getaway vehicle - a Craftsman riding lawn mower," Elwell said.

The suspect was detained a short time later. He is being held at the Aiken County detention center.

His accomplices the leaf blower and rake were also charged, police are searching for his hoe.

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