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Man allegedly head-butts clerk over Gummy Bears

A White City man was jailed Saturday for allegedly head-butting a convenience-store clerk and fleeing the store with a bag of Gummy Bears after failing to haggle down the price, authorities said.

Mark Eugene Shepard, 44, allegedly assaulted the clerk Thursday evening at the 7-Eleven store at 2410 Antelope Road in an incident captured on the store’s surveillance tape, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Shepard allegedly was in the store shortly after 5 p.m. when he tried to haggle with the clerk in an attempt to get the price down, deputies said. When the employee refused, Shepard allegedly opened the package and began eating the candy, deputies said.

When the clerk told Shepard either to pay for the candy or leave the store without it, Shepard allegedly began screaming obscenities and head-butted the employee in the face before fleeing on foot, deputies said.

Shepard, a White City-area transient, was identified as the suspect based on the surveillance tape, police said.

Shepard was found at 12:49 a.m. Saturday at a residence on the 2600 block of Falcon Street and taken into custody on charges of third-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, harassment, third-degree disorderly conduct and possession of methamphetamine, deputies said.

Police said Shepard admitted being involved in the incident and a small amount of methamphetamine residue was found in a pipe in his pocket.