Police: 7-Eleven clerk uses ‘wet floor’ sign to chase off would-be robber in Covina

COVINA — A convenience store clerk used a “wet floor” sign to fend of a would-be beer robber armed with a pool cue early Saturday, officials said.
Martin Rivera, 21, of San Dimas was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery following the 3 a.m. incident at 7-Eleven at Citrus Avenue and Covina Boulevard, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
He entered the store brandishing a pool cue above his head and tried to steal a 12-pack of Modelo beer, the sergeant said.
But the clerk, a man in his late 20s, grabbed a “wet floor” sign to defend himself and confronted the would-be robber, Peterson said.
Rivera fled empty-handed after a brief exchange of words, he said.
An officer responding to the call spotted three men arguing outside a nearby home on Covina Boulevard, Peterson said. One of them matched the description of the failed robber. The other two men turned out to be acquaintances of his.
The clerk identified Rivera as the man who tried to rob him, the sergeant said. A pool cue was recovered.
Booking records indicated Rivera was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Covina Police Department’s jail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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