An Aiken man is in custody after a morning incident in which a clerk was beaten with a stick and the suspect tried to flee the scene on a riding lawn mower.
Ricky New is charged with assault and battery, first degree, and armed robbery.
Capt. Troy Elwell of the Aiken County Sheriff's office said the suspect entered the Kent's Corner convenience store this morning at 1925 Edgefield Highway.
"The suspect entered the store armed with a stick and demanded money from the clerk before assaulting her. He received an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene on his getaway vehicle, a Craftsman riding lawn mower," Elwell said.
Deputies located and detained the suspect a short distance away. The condition of the clerk was not released.
He is currently being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.