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Clerk at Dorchester market used trash barrel to block robber who kept trying to stab him, police say

Boston Police report arresting a man and a 14-year-old for a knifepoint holdup at an East Cottage Street market early Saturday.

Police say Johenmie Garcia, 23, of Jamaica Plain, and his accomplice, too young to be named, entered the 7-Eleven at 187 Cottage St. in Edward Everett Square around midnight and demanded cash from a clerk. When he refused, police say:

One of the suspects then threw a bottle of iced tea at the victim, striking him in the face. The victim stated the suspects then fled the store before re-entering and attempting to stab his coworker. Officers spoke to the second victim who stated one of the suspects walked behind the counter and attempted to stab the victim multiple times. The victim stated he used a trash barrel to defend himself from the suspect’s knife strikes.

Police say officers quickly found the two and after a struggle, managed to subdue Garcia and charge him with assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, unarmed assault to rob, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer. The 14-year-old was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon and attempted armed robbery, police say.

Innocent, etc.


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