Knifepoint robbery attempt at Oneida liquor store

ONEIDA — A knifepoint robbery at the Glenwood Plaza Liquor Mart was thwarted Saturday afternoon when the clerk used the checkout counter to get away from her assailant.

Law enforcers said a 27-year-old man has been charged.

Police said Shawn P. Kinsella, of Wilbur Street, grabbed a female cashier by the throat and held a steak knife to her neck at 4 p.m., demanding cash from the register. The cashier escaped by simply backing up, and Kinsella was forced to let go because of the store counter between them.

Police said Kinsella then threw the knife and a bottle of liquor at the cashier before fleeing the store. He did not get any money.

The cashier called 9-1-1. Police said she suffered a scrape on the side of her neck.

While officers were searching the area for Kinsella, authorities said he called 9-1-1 to turn himself in. He was found on Glenwood Avenue and taken into custody.

Kinsella is charged with first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree assault, second-degree harassment and criminal strangulation, police stated. He was arraigned in City Court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court on May 18.

No other customers or employees were in the liquor store at the time.