A man robbed a North Augusta bar on Tuesday wearing no pants, a pair of boxers on his head and using a silver bamboo stick disguised as a gun before fleeing in the victim’s car, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the report, the man was also wearing a blue long-sleeve T-shirt.
Marsha Preachers, an employee, was closing the Wagon Wheel bar on East Buena Vista Avenue around 11 p.m. when the man entered the bar, approached her at the register and demanded money, according to the report.
“I was facing away from the door and he came in,” she said. “He had something that looked like a gun.”
The gun turned out to be a silver bamboo stick.
“When I turned around and realized it wasn’t a gun, I grabbed a pair of scissors and said it wasn’t a gun,” Preachers said. “He overpowered me and pushed me into the liquor cabinet.”
The man then took an unknown amount of money from the register before pushing her to the ground again and going through her purse to find her car keys, according to the report.
Preachers said the suspect pulled her off the floor by her hair and threatened to kill her.
“He told me I was gonna die tonight,” she said.
Preachers said the man then took her to the bathroom and locked her in. She told investigators she heard him shouting like he had someone else with him, but said she only saw him.
Preachers said she waited in the bathroom until she heard the door alarm of the business ring. She then sneaked out of the bathroom and hid behind the bar where she saw the man walking around.
The man took her keys and fled in her vehicle, a green 1997 four-door Ford Explorer, according to the report.
Preachers said Wednesday she was shocked and dumbfounded. She added that someone broke into the bar about six weeks ago while the business was closed and took some money from the register.
The man is still at large. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (800) 922-3211.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.