A Salt Lake man was arrested Wednesday after a man tried to rob a motel clerk with a knife.

A man entered Zions Motel, 1829 S. State, about 4 a.m. Wednesday and said he wanted to rent a room. The man followed a female clerk behind the counter, grabbed her around the mouth and held a knife to her throat. He threatened to kill her if she didn't give him money, a police report stated.The woman tried to struggle away from the robber and screamed for help, waking another employee inside the office. That employee grabbed a baseball bat and hit the man, causing him to drop the knife and fall. The robber then ran out the door, the report said.

A Salt Lake police officer arrested a man at a nearby motel.