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Man charged with Wal-Mart armed robbery in Oakwood
Talford Johnson
Talford Johnson

A Gainesville man is accused of swinging a box cutter at a Wal-Mart employee in Oakwood when he allegedly tried to leave with unpaid merchandise, police said.

Talford Johnson, 59, is charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery. He was booked Tuesday in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

Oakwood Police said Johnson entered the Mundy Mill Road Wal-Mart around 11:30 p.m. Monday and loaded a cart with a 55-inch television, alcoholic beverages and other merchandise.

A Wal-Mart assistant manager approached Johnson past all points of sale “when (Johnson) pulled out a box cutter and tried to cut the assistant manager,” Sgt. Danny Sridej said.

“Luckily, the assistant manager saw a police officer out in the parking lot on another call, so he ran out and asked for help,” Sridej said.

The sergeant said the suspect was trying to run with the cart to a getaway car.

“That’s when they pepper-sprayed him (for) not complying and trying to remove a weapon or some sort of item out of his pocket,” Sridej said.

Johnson was additionally charged with obstruction of an officer and shoplifting, according to the Hall County Jail log.