An East Texas man is jailed after attempted sexual assault of a convenience store employee.
28-year-old Shawn Michael Willard of Gilmer was arrested and is accused of sexually assaulting a South Longview store clerk during business hours.
Longview investigators say Willard entered the Chanel Stop and Shop in the 500-block of Mobberly Avenue just after the store opened at 7 a.m. Saturday the 16th. Police say Willard forced the victim to a back room and sexually assaulted her.
Willard threatened to cut the woman if she fought back during the assault, choking her and pressing down on her throat with his foot.
Customers entering the store interrupted the assault, and Willard fled. He was later captured at a location off of South High Street.
Willard is being held in the Gregg County jail on $300-thousand dollars bond.
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