'I thought I was going to be shot': offender assaults employee during attempted robbery

A FEMALE employee at Chemist Warehouse was  threatened by a man she believed had a gun during an attempted robbery at the store on November 24.

A FEMALE employee at Chemist Warehouse was threatened by a man she believed had a gun during an attempted robbery at the store on November 24.

A FEMALE employee at Chemist Warehouse was  threatened by a man she believed had a gun during an attempted robbery at the store on November 24.

The assailant, Donald Clifford Oxford, brandished the weapon, which was hidden under a cloth and demanded she hand over 100 Xanex pills from the safe.

He told her he would shoot her if she did not comply. 

She feared for her life but launched into an attack.

“I  then pushed him away and thought I was going to be shot,” she told police in a statement. 

Oxford appeared in Orange Local Court on Thursday and was committed for sentence in the Orange District Court in August over the attack.

The woman’s story came from statements she gave police after the attempted robbery. 

She said after she attacked him the cloth fell from the weapon and she saw it was a drill, at which point Oxford ran at her, but she fought back. 

“I pulled him on his jacket to try and get him in a headlock and away from me to protect myself,”she said. 

“He was swinging his left arm to try and get away from me and he pushed the stocktake machine off the bench.”

The stocktake machine, worth $2500, broke on the floor.

Oxford repeatedly hit the woman in the stomach,but she fought on and managed to kick him.

He ran off screaming “I’ll be back you c__t.”

A male employee followed him outside and managed to wrestle the drill from Oxford, sustaining minor injuries.

Oxford then started throwing beer cans at the staff.

The 51-year-old from Altona, Victoria was later arrested by police and charged with assault with intent to rob and destroy or damage property.

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