PD: Clerk attacked with rock at Phoenix convenience store, suspect arrested

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 18:06:27-04

PHOENIX — A man arrested for attacking a store clerk with a rock was also wanted for dousing another clerk with gasoline, according to court documents.

Phoenix police report that on Tuesday, March 12, 34-year-old James Hawkins reportedly walked into a convenience store near 7th Street and McDowell Road.

According to police, he then attacked a woman who worked at the store with a rock, striking her several times in the head. Hawkins then dragged the woman toward the store office, demanding money.

He stopped his assault and ran away after hearing the door chime when another customer entered the store, police say.

The victim required nine staples to close her head wound, according to court records.

Police reviewed surveillance video and were able to locate Hawkins in the nearby neighborhood.

Police also learned that Hawkins matched the description of another assault of another clerk at the same store in January.

In that case, Hawkins allegedly entered the store with a glass and a container of gasoline and had a lit cigarette in his mouth.

He reportedly threw the gasoline in the clerk’s face and said he would "light him on fire" if the victim didn't give him money.

He allegedly held a knife to the victim’s head as he gave him the money.

Both victims were able to identify Hawkins as their attacker.

Hawkins is being held on a $50,000 cash bond for attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and armed robbery.