A woman armed with a box-cutter tried to hold up the GasMart at 653 Columbia Avenue at 12:30am today. Lisa Anne Ruoss, 32, of the 500 block of Manor Street, entered the store brandishing the box-cutter and demanding money. Ruoss tried to get behind the register area and the clerk fought back. In the struggle, the clerk was cut on his hand. Witnesses called 9-1-1 and a customer helped the clerk restrain Ruoss until police arrived.
After her arrest, Ruoss was transported taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. While inside the emergency treatment area of the hospital, Ruoss lit a set of bed sheets on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. The fire did cause the halls of the hospital to be filled with smoke and police say the treatment operations at the hospital were disrupted.
Ruoss is charged with Robbery and Risking or Causing a Catastrophe, both felonies.