Suspect Complains: Gas Station Owner Ripped My Shirt
by Staff | Oct 16, 2012 1:01 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes, East Rock
When the owner of an East Rock gas station tried to collar a would-be robber, he ended up with the whole shirt.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
At 5:20 p.m on Monday, police responded to a report of a robbery at the Shell gas station at 141 Willow St. Officers Betsy Segui and Steven Silk arrived to find owner Gerald Katz, 67, holding the shirt of the man who tried to rob his gas station.
A clerk told cops that a man had come in and asked for a pack of Newports. When the clerk reached for them, the man had put a knife to his neck and demanded money. The clerk then grabbed the man’s hands and tried to get the knife away from him. The man fled as the owner came out of his office.
The owner chased him into the lot. They “made it as far as pump 3, where he tried to collar the would be thief,” Hartman said. The man got away after “breaking out of his own shirt.”
Cops found a shirtless man walking on Nash Street near Mechanic Street. The clerk and owner identified him as the knife-wielder.
The man “had earlier robbed Jay-Nez Groceries, 227 Ferry Street, and is suspected of committing two similar robberies in Milford,” Hartman said.
During the arrest, the man “tried unsuccessfully to counter-complain to the officers that [the owner] had ripped his shirt.”
The man is charged with “Robbery 1st, Larceny 2nd, Carrying a dangerous weapon, Criminal attempt to commit assault 2nd & Assault 2nd of an elderly person.”
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