Clerk Punches Armed Robber Who Said ‘We Can Do This The Easy Way Or The Hard Way’

A devastating right hook sent robbery suspect Andre Young to the ground in Forest Park just after midnight.

The knockout punch, delivered by a store clerk, was captured by a security camera.

“He tried to jump over the counter, and he had a blade in his hands,” the clerk said during his 911 call. “I’ve got the blade in my hand right now.”

Detectives said the 52-year-old Young acted as if he were going to buy a can of Milwaukee’s Best beer when he revealed his true intentions.

“He’s still in here,” the clerk told a 911 dispatcher. “I had to knock him out. You need to get a trooper here now, because he’s in here, he’s in here all ****** up.”

“The allegations are that the defendant went into a Speedway gas station, brandished a box cutter, and stated, ‘We can do this the easy way, or the hard way,’” said Dave Wood, with the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office. “The cashier luckily was able to defend himself and incapacitate the defendant until police showed up.”

During an interview with police at the hospital, Young claimed he was holding the knife-like box cutter to cut something off his shirt.

When an officer pointed out it’s not smart to carry a blade and try to jump a counter if you’re not robbing someone, Young replied, “Man, I was drunk.”

On Tuesday, Young appeared in court on crutches. He also has a severly bruised left eye. A judge gave Young a $175,000 bond on two counts, aggravated robbery and assault.

This is not the first time Young has been accused of this kind of a crime, or the first time he’s been caught.

“He has five prior felony convictions for aggravated armed robbery, robbery, robbery, aggravated robbery and robbery,” Wood said.

Police said Young was convicted of using a bat to rob the same Speedway store in 2005.