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A woman is facing a felony robbery charge and other charges after she slapped and kicked a clerk at a Riverside gas station Friday morning, Southampton Town Police said in a press release Saturday.

Police said the clerk at the 76 Gas Station at 7 Peconic Avenue confronted the woman who was attempting to leave the store with merchandise without paying for it. The woman then attacked the clerk, causing injury, police said. She then grabbed New York State Lotto Scratch Off tickets and fled the area, according to the police report.

Southampton Town Police were notified of the incident at 11:25 a.m., according to the report.

The clerk was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of injuries, police said.

Detectives responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Police identified the suspect as Janelle C. Edwards, 35, of Mastic.

Riverhead Town Police subsequently located Edwards at the Riverhead train station.

Edwards was arrested and charged with Robbery in the Second Degree, a class C felony, Assault in the Third Degree and Petit Larceny, both misdemeanors. She was transported to Southampton Town Police Headquarters where she was held overnight for morning arraignment, police said.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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