Man arrested after bizarre attack at Ormond Beach gas station

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Deputies said an Ormond Beach man attacked a clerk at a Hess gas station, and then tried to steal a woman's mini-van with her son still inside and even tackled a deputy before he was subdued.

Hester Carter and her 16-year-old were about to go deliver newspapers. She was at an air pump. She said she threw the hose down to prepare for what she described as a crazed man coming her way.

Employees at the station called 911 after Shawn Kleotzer attacked a female clerk while she was stocking cigarettes behind the counter.

"He jumped right behind the counter at the Hess station?" the 911 dispatcher asked the caller.

"Yeah, he's standing right here behind the counter now, trying to attack us," said the caller.

Police reports said Kleotzer then ran out of the store.

"I knew he was coming towards the car," said Carter.

Carter said she was filling their tires with air before heading out on their paper delivery route.

She said she locked the doors of her van to protect her son Dylan, who was still inside, when she saw Kleotzer running her way.

"He was standing like, right there in front of me, trying to tell me all this crazy stuff," said Carter. "He said the government was out to kill him."

"I was thinking, 'What is he about to do?'" said Dylan Carter.

Police said that's when Kleotzer tried to use Carter's van as a getaway car.

"He's trying to get in her car now. He's trying to take her car," said the 911 caller.

"My son jumped out of the back seat and said, 'Come on, come on, let's go.' And I said, 'I'm not going to leave my van for this,'" said Hester Carter.

Deputies said when they arrived, they caught Kleotzer still pulling on the door handles.

But as the clerk told dispatchers, arresting him was not easy.

"Oh no, now he's fighting with the sheriff," said the caller.

"Give me your hands. Give me your hands behind your back. Give me your hands," a deputy can be heard yelling in the background of the 911 call.

"OK, I think he's got him now," the 911 caller said.

Kleotzer was booked into the Volusia County Jail on several charges, including battery.