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    Police: Language Barrier a Factor in Failed Robbery
    NBC10.com

    Police in Vermont say a man tried to rob a Chinese restaurant, but left with nothing after an employee who didn't speak English couldn't understand his note or what he said. 

    The Rutland Herald reports 28-year-old Tyler Edwards, of Fair Haven, Vermont, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted larceny, assault, and robbery. 

    Police say two brothers who own the China City restaurant said a man approached their mother as she was closing Saturday. He wore a hooded sweatshirt and covered his face with a black and white scarf. She didn't understand what he said other than the word "cash." Police said he held his hand like he was simulating a gun and threw a note on the counter demanding cash. 

    Edwards' lawyer said police hadn't shown actual or threatened force; a judge disagreed.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

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