- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WOODLYNNE, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a grocery store owner armed with a rubber mallet fended off a robber carrying a meat cleaver.

Camden County authorities say 22-year-old Joseph Delozier, of Woodlynne, walked into the store around 9 a.m. Tuesday. He then held the cleaver to the owner’s neck and took his cell phone.

The owner was able to escape, and Delozier initially followed after him. But when Delozier grabbed some cash from the register, the owner locked him inside and flagged down a passer-by who called police.

Delozier broke a window in a bid to get out. But as he put his head through, the owner hit him with the mallet.

Delozier eventually got out and tried to flee. But he was soon caught by police in a nearby cemetery.

Delozier faces robbery and weapons charges. It’s not known if he’s retained an attorney.

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