Dartmouth store clerk stabbed fighting off would-be robber

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are working to track down a suspect who attempted to rob a Dartmouth store and stabbed the clerk who prevented him from doing so.

Dartmouth police responded at about 5 p.m. Wednesday to a report of an armed robbery at the Hixville General Store on Old Fall River Road.

Police said they arrived to find the store clerk, 82-year-old Bill Chandler, had suffered stab wounds in a struggle with the suspect, who wound up fleeing the scene empty-handed.

Chandler said he at first thought the suspect was joking when he demanded money.

“I said, ‘get out of here’ and then he pulls a jackknife out, about a 3 inch blade,” Chandler said. “I said, ‘you are not getting anything from me,’ so he stabs me.”

Chandler said he was stabbed twice, once in the lower leg and again in the upper leg. He said the third time he was able to deflect the knife and that’s when the suspect ran off.

“It was half adrenaline and half shock and the adrenaline won out,” Chandler said.

Chandler was taken to the hospital and was treated for his injuries.

The suspect was described as a white male standing approximately 6 feet tall and wearing a green camouflage hoodie and a bandanna over his face.

Police say the suspect is still at large and anyone with information about him is asked to contact Dartmouth police at (508) 910-1700.