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Robber arrested 5 years after he was hit in the head
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ACWORTH, Ga -- The arm of the law is long and never ending. Nearly six years after an Acworth convenience store was robbed, a suspect has been arrested. It was a robbery that garnered national attention after a loyal customer of the store hit the suspect over the head with a step stool.

The Conoco gas station on North Main Street in Acworth, where the robbery happened, is now a Valero gas station. To this day, customers and employees still remember the robbery and what a customer they knew as
"
Caveman
"
did.

On April 14, 2009, a suspect walked into the store and started filling his pockets with cigars and cigarettes. He went behind the counter at put a knife to the clerk
'
s neck and demanded money. When the suspect tried to leave the store Don
"
Caveman
"
Smith picked up a step stool and hit the suspect over the head.

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A surveillance video released by Acworth Police after the robbery captured it all. The suspect dropped some of the cash when he was hit and fled the store. He got away with it until Thursday when Acworth Police charged Daniel Ray Butler, 33, of Acworth with Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault.

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About a year ago the criminal investigation division received an anonymous tip and the person who gave the tip had a name,
"
said Capt. Mark Cheatham.

The clerk, Nick Dunton, no longer works at the former Conoco gas station. He now works at another convenience store, Lee
'
s Grocery, also in Acworth. Dunton was just as nonchalant after learning of the arrest as he was when he had a knife to his throat in 2009.
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I wasn't really concerned,
"
he said.
"
It seemed like someone that was desperate for the money and they were trying to get their next fix and they didn't target me for me being me.
"

Friends of "Caveman" said he passed away about a year ago. In 2009 he shied away from publicity by refusing to talk to 11Alive News on camera. He told reporter Kevin Rowson "I just did what I had to do."

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