Evansville Gas Station Robbed Twice in One Week

The Marathon / 'Jimtown Fish and Chicken' on E. Louisiana Street in Evansville was robbed once on Sunday and again on Thursday, according to police.

Posted: May 7, 2021 10:18 AM
Updated: May 7, 2021 7:50 PM

Police in Evansville have their eyes on a Marathon gas station on E. Louisiana Street after it was robbed twice within a one-week period.

According to the Evansville Police Department, the first robbery took place at the Marathon / "Jimtown Fish and Chicken" located at 201 E. Louisiana St. on Sunday, May 2.

Suspect in First of Two Robberies - Occurred on Sunday Night

The manager there told police that a short black male with short hair and a medium build came into the store and began arguing with the clerk. They say he was wearing a thick black coat and black pants at the time of the incident.

After asking the suspect to leave, the argument continued. Police say that's when things got violent.

According to EPD, the suspect walked behind the counter and began punching the clerk in the face, hitting him three to four times. He then followed the clerk to the register and demanded money. Police say the clerk opened the register and gave the suspect approximately $5 to $10.

Surveillance Footage of Suspect From Sunday, May 2 Robbery

EPD says after grabbing his stuff and the money, the suspect left the store. The clerk reportedly saw the suspect again on Tuesday who after being confronted, ran from the store. The manager was told to call EPD if the suspect was seen again.

The gas station's troubles, however, didn't end there.

Another robbery occurred at the store late Thursday, May 6. Officers responded to the gas station around 10:00 p.m. and spoke with the clerk.

The clerk told officers that a regular customer described as a black male wearing black track pants, a black hoodie, and a mask covering his face came into the store.

EPD says the suspect showed a weapon and told the clerk "if he called the cops he would know what would happen." The clerk said the weapon was a firearm that the suspect had in his waist.

The gas stations's manager, Manish Bodenai, was the clerk on duty at the time of the incident. He told 44News, "From the door, as he entered, he showed the gun. He said if you call the cops then I'm going to kill you."

Police say that's when the suspect threw three 5-hour Energy drinks at the clerk and tried getting behind the counter, but the door was locked. The suspect stole five items and left the store on foot.

"This makes me scared sometimes. Anything can happen anytime. Anytime he comes and he has the gun, that is more dangerous," said Bodenai.

At this time, any connection between the two robberies remains unconfirmed.

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