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Convenience Store Clerk Claims Hospital Administrator Pulled Knife During Altercation
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Mar. 11, 2012 6:21 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 11, 2012 6:34 PM EDT
Madison , Boone County , West Virginia
A confrontation outside of a convenience store may be in black and white, but the two men involved are telling two very different stories.
Rusty Felty, a clerk at the Little General Convenience Store in Madison, says he saw a man having trouble using his credit card at the gas pump. The man in the video is Tommy Mullins, Administrator at Boone Memorial Hospital. "I really didn't know what to think. I've never seen anyone act like that in public," said Felty.
Rusty says Mullins came inside to use his card, and when that didn't work Rusty says Mullins became irate. "He gets this big metal object and he's tossing it up in the air and acting like he's going to through it through the window," he said.
Rusty says he ran out to see what the problem was and that's when things reached a new level, when he says Mullins pulled out a knife. Rusty says he feared for his life.
"I had the phone in hand dialing 911 saying, 'please don't come towards me with the knife, please don't come towards me with the knife.' And he just kept walking at me," he said.
But Mullins tells a different story. He admits that there was trouble at the pump. As for trying to intimidate Rusty, he strongly disagrees.
"I think I'm an innocent victim of someone trying to ruin my reputation or something of that nature," said Mullins. "I got my pocket knife out to separate two things that were stuck together, the attendant came around the building and spoke to me and when he did, I had the knife in my hand and he said 'you pulled a knife on me," explained Mullins.
Surveillance video shows Rusty calling 911 and Mullins still following. Police showed up and searched Mullins car.
I didn't walk after him with it, I didn't threaten him with it, he just panicked when he saw the knife in my hand. I'm 69 years old, hospital administrator, buying gas, have no reason to draw a knife on anyone. I'm supposed to have both of my knees replaced, I couldn't have run him down to stab him," said Mullins.
No word yet on if Mullins will face any charges.
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