Meat cleaver-wielding man threatens to kill P.A. floral shop clerk

By Nigel Maxwell
February 4, 2016 - 5:18pm

A Prince Albert store manager is a bit shaken up but otherwise okay following a violent incident at her store.

On Jan. 19, shortly before noon, a man with a scarf covering his face and carrying what appeared to be a meat cleaver came into florist shop Scentiments, manager Stacy Coburn said.

"He began hitting the till and demanding that our clerk open the till…Unfortunately it wouldn't open, so he started pushing buttons trying to get it open and told her he would kill her if she didn’t open the till," Coburn said.

She said the man eventually gave up and grabbed some store merchandise instead.

"Our staff told him he could take whatever he wanted as long as he just left – which is the correct thing to do.”

Coburn said the man threatened her employee, vowing to come back and hurt if she called police.

"He was pretty violent when he was in the store and smashed a few things, and you just never know what someone is capable of doing," Coburn said.

Despite being threatened, the store clerk did call police and the suspect was apprehended soon after only a few blocks away.

"We've never had an issue like this and we've been here 16 years on Central, we believe in working downtown," Coburn said.

The store clerk who was threatened has since quit her job.

Austin Fiddler, 19, is scheduled to appear at Prince Albert Provincial Court Feb .10. 

He is charged with uttering threats causing death, robbery with intent to commit harm, mischief and damaging property.


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