Stamford man assaulted liquor store clerk, stole cognac

STAMFORD — Police arrested a city man who they say told a downtown liquor store clerk that he had a gun, pushed the clerk down and robbed two expensive bottle of liquor, allegedly after being told he could not use a credit card to by the booze in the establishment, police said.

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Tyshawn McCoy, 35, of Atlantic Street, was charged with armed robbery, sixth-degree larceny and first-degree threatening and held overnight in lieu of a $100,000 court appearance bond.

Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said police were called to Atlantic Wine Liquor Beer at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday on the report that a robbery had just taken place.

They were told by a 30-year-old female clerk that a man came into the store to purchase an $85 bottle of Hennessy cognac and another bottle of cognac for $59. He then approached the counter with a credit card, at which time the clerk told him that credit cards were not accepted and he would have to pay in cash, police said.

The man allegedly proceeded to walk behind the counter and told the woman that he had a gun, while his hand was in his pocket, the clerk told police. Police said the man allegedly pushed the woman to the ground, causing some bottles to smash to the floor, and causing the cashier to cut her hand on broken glass.

The man then allegedly walked out with the two bottles of liquor, police said.

Shawinsky said police officers were able to quickly identify McCoy as the suspect and arrested him less than an hour later.

He was taken to the Stamford courthouse for arraignment Thursday. He is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 17.

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