A Sharpsville man was charged with attempted murder after threatening to kill his mother and slashing her with a knife at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Hermitage Towne Plaza, police said.

Police said they aren’t sure what made Andrew Clarke, 31, of 632 Victory Drive, Sharpsville, pull the knife on his mother Geraldine Anderson, 53, when she came to give him a ride home.

Clarke called Ms. Anderson, with whom he lives, for a ride and was waiting for her in front of Giant Eagle when she arrived, police said. He was highly agitated and told his mother to get out of the car but she refused, police said.

Clarke pulled his mother out of the car and began waving a knife in front of her face, telling her he was going to kill her, police said. Clarke cut her hand as she tried to protect herself, police said.

Clarke also threatened a Giant Eagle employee who came to the parking lot to help, police said.

When police came to the parking lot minutes later they said Clarke was standing in front of the store, holding the knife against his throat.

Clarke told police they were going to have to kill him and they said they ordered him several times to drop the knife. He refused and police said they used an electronic shocking device to stop him.

Clarke was also charged with aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and making terroristic threats, police said.

He was arraigned Wednesday by District Justice Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, and taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond. A preliminary hearing is set for July 27.

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