A man who threatened a RadioShack employee with a box cutter after he was told not to open a package is facing seven years in prison after admitting to the attack on Monday.
In a surprise move, 33-year-old transient Marquez Ackui Hicks pleaded no contest to a robbery charge and admitted to threatening the worker in a Belmont store with a deadly weapon on Aug. 28, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
On Monday, the court was set for jury trial, but Hicks “changed his mind” and plead instead, Wagstaffe said.
The maddened Hicks held the blade to the 22-year-old employee’s neck at the Ralston Avenue store. The employee told him not to open a package in the store, cops said.
Hicks allegedly walked into the RadioShack around 9 a.m. and began removing a digital camera from its plastic packaging, using the box cutter, police said.
After telling him that wasn’t allowed, the female clerk said he grabbed her by the wrist, spun her around into a wristlock and held the box cutter with the blade exposed to her neck.
Hicks then told her “not to tell anyone and to pretend like this never happened,” Wagstaffe said.
Hicks allegedly fled. Cops arrested him nearby and found him in possession of a box cutter and a stolen phone, Wagstaffe said.
The store employee also identified Hicks in a photo lineup, he said.
Hicks remains in custody on $50,000 bail, Wagstaffe said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 17.