RAVENSWOOD – A Sandyville man faces felony charges, after he allegedly told Speedway employees in Ravenswood Wednesday afternoon that he was going to rob them armed with a nine-inch knife.

Denzil L. Prunty, 47, of Sandyville, allegedly entered the store and opened and bgan drinking a 24-ounce can of beer. When confronted by store employees, Prunty allegedly told them they better call the police because he was going to rob the place. Prunty had a nine-inch Gerber knife on his hip, and walked to the area where cashiers enter the cash register area.

Prunty allegedly repeated his threat to rob the store to the manager who engaged him, while the cashier pushed the store’s alarm to summon police. Prunt allegedly removed the knife and placed it on the counter.

Capt. J.E. Cogar of the Ravenswood Police Department responded, and arrested Prunty without incident.

In subsequent questioning, Prunty allegedly told officers he was attempting to rob Speedway because of financial problems due to past divorces.

Prunty was lodged in the Souht Central Regional Jail , where he remain in lieu of $10,000 bond. If convicted of first-degree robbery, Prunty could face at least 10 years in prison.