A robber who was beaten by a Family Dollar manager during a holdup has been arrested.
Warren McDaniels, 45, of Columbia was charged Sunday with robbery and assault, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported. McDaniels is awaiting a bond hearing at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
McDaniels is accused of robbing the Family Dollar on Decker Boulevard July 28 by trying to reach into the cash drawer as the clerk opened the register, according to a news release. He was identified by CrimeStoppers callers, who recognized McDaniels in video footage of the robbery that had been released to the public.
In the video, a man checks out and then reaches over the counter to grab the cash drawer. The cashier begins hitting him over the head until the man pulls away. Then, the cashier steps from behind the counter and throws a bag of cookies at the robber’s head as he runs out the door.
The cashier’s feisty retaliation was popular with people who watched the video. However, the sheriff’s department advises against putting up a fight during a robbery, said Deputy Curtis Wilson, a department spokesman.
“Who knows if he may have had a weapon?” Wilson said. “With her doing what she did, it could have provoked him. Most of these stores have a policy for employees to listen to these criminals and don’t try to be a hero.”