Store clerk pins would-be thief

A Milaca man faces criminal charges after attempting to steal liquor and threatening to stab a store clerk in Onamia last Saturday, Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, when police arrived to Trophy’s Bottle Shop on a report of a theft, a clerk had already detained the suspect, Steven Cody Sampson, 19, and was holding him on the ground outside the store.

Two employees who were working at the time of the incident said Sampson entered the store with two young looking males, who left when asked to provide identification. Sampson remained in the store and attempted to leave the store with a bottle of liquor he had not paid for. The employees tackled the suspect and while one called the police, the other held Sampson to the ground. At this time, police records state Sampson said he had a knife and  threatened to stab the clerk.

Police found a five-inch, blue lock blade knife in Sampson’s possession.

Sampson faces fifth degree assault, terroristic threats and theft charges. He faces more than 10 years in jail and up to $20,000 in fines. He has two prior assault convictions from 2009 and 2011.