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Man accused of biting clerk now charged with pepper-spraying another

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested the man caught on video pepper-spraying a convenience store clerk, and it is the same man accused of biting a clerk in Moncks Corner last year during another robbery.

Sheriff's office spokesman Dan Moon said deputies arrested 37-year-old Michael Fennick Sunday at a home on Acme Street in Eutawville after they received tips following the release of surveillance video.

Deputies said that on Jan. 8, Fennick approached the register at the Cross Convenience Store located on Oly Highway 6 to purchase a pack of gum. When the clerk opened the register, Fennick sprayed a pepper spray-like substance in the clerks face.

Moon said the female clerk closed the drawer, ran from the man, and called 911.

Deputies said Fennick stole the entire cash register and fled the scene in a gray or silver four-door sedan.

It is Fennick's second arrest in three months. Last November, Fennick was charged with strong armed robbery after Moncks Corner Police Department investigators say he bit a clerk who was trying to stop him.

Fennick also pretended to be purchasing a pack of gum at that incident, at the Kangaroo on Highway 52 at Cypress Garden Road.

Fennick's brazenness has become more apparent with this arrest. Back before his November arrest, he called Moncks Corner Police Lieutenant Michael Roach and told him he could not charge him with a crime since he did not actually steal any property.

Fennick is being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center on the latest charges of strong-armed robbery and third-degree assault and battery.

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