Over the last week, a Jimtown gas station has fallen victim to a series of robberies and assaults on the employees. However, it all ended today when the alleged robber came back to the store.
That suspect was taken into custody today after police were called to the Marathon gas station on 201 E. Louisiana Street.
The first robbery took place at the “Jimtown Chicken and Fish” gas station on May 2.
During that incident, 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. 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.
Another robbery occurred at the store Thursday, May 6. EPD says that time, 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 station'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."
Now, employees at Jimtown Chicken and Fish tell 44News, the suspect comes in daily. They say it’s almost like a victory lap.
The alleged robber came into the gas station early Wednesday morning when employees say they immediately recognized him and locked the door.
The manager was trying to call the police when the suspect tried to push by him to leave the store.
The suspect was able to unlock the door and that’s when an employee took action.
Security footage shows the employee grabbing the suspect by the hoodie and taking him down while other customers call the police.
Another customer who was familiar with the ongoing situation came to help the employee hold the suspect down until police arrived.
The employee was left with minor scrapes and bruises. He told 44News he hopes he put a stop to a recurring issue.
The alleged robber was taken into police custody.