Two charged after New Haven gas station robbery

Alexander R. Yoho (left) and Dale A. Leach (right) photos courtesy of Allen County Sheriff's Department

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – Police said a convergence of law enforcement agencies in New Haven grab several suspects after a robbery at a gas station Thursday night.

At 11:17 p.m., 911 dispatchers in New Haven took a call about an armed robbery at the Speedway gas station at the corner of Lincoln Highway East and Hartzell Road.

Investigators said a New Haven police officer had just left the gas station and was able to return within seconds of the call. Witnesses in the parking lot pointed to a vehicle heading northbound on Hartzell Road and the officer was able to stop the vehicle at the railroad tracks three minutes after the 911 call.

Police said two women were in the car, but two men suspect of robbing the gas station at gunpoint were not. One of the women was held due to an outstanding warrant in New Haven.

Officers have not confirmed if the two women were involved in the robbery.

A New Haven police sergeant, his K-9 Armor, and two state troopers found a handgun behind the Speedway that was used in the robbery.

Police said a witness saw two men walking on Brookwood Drive south of SR 930.  Fort Wayne officers then arrested Alexander R. Yoho, 24, and Dale A. Leach, 22, at around 11:50 p.m., less than forty minutes after the initial 911 call.

Two witnesses who talked to NewsChannel 15 off-camera said Yoho and Leach ordered them to the ground and demanded cash from the clerk. A New Haven detective said the female clerk complied with the suspects’ orders and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police have not said if the cash was recovered or if a second handgun was recovered.

Both Leach and Yoho are facing a robbery charge.

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