SC man robs store, tries to get away on lawnmower

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say an Aiken man made a slow getaway after robbing a convenience store.

Aiken County sheriff's deputies told The Aiken Standard the man left the store on a riding lawnmower Thursday after taking money from Kent's Corner.

Capt. Troy Elwell says Ricky New didn't get far before he was arrested. He has been charged with assault and battery, first degree, and armed robbery.

Investigators say the suspect beat a store clerk with a stick during the robbery.

New is being held at the Aiken County jail. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

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