FWPD investigates armed robbery at gas station

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police are investigating a reported armed robbery Tuesday morning at a near-west side gas station.

Police were called to Speedway station at 2111 Sherman Blvd. near West State Boulevard just after 6 a.m. According to a Fort Wayne Police incident report, a white man around 20 years old with blue eyes and a bandana wearing a grey hoodie and “pajama pants” and armed with a knuckle knife came into the store with a plastic bag and told the clerk to “put the money in the bag.”

The clerk told police the suspect was quiet and timid to the point she wasn’t sure if he was serious about his intentions, the report said.

The clerk said she skimmed bills off the top of the register to give to the suspect, but he ordered her to pull money from the store’s cash drawer, as well. At that point, the clerk ran off to a back office and shut the door behind her, the report said.

The suspect followed and eventually broke into the office and told the clerk, “I’m not playing around, I have children,” the report said.

The clerk then gave the man cash and he ran from the store, the report said. Another employee told police she saw the suspect run from the store with the bag he brought behind and head south, the report said.

Police brought in a K-9 to track the suspect but the effort failed, the report said.

It’s unclear from the report how much cash the suspect made off with. No one was hurt in the hold-up.

While police were investigating, a neighbor approached police and said just after 6 a.m. his children heard running by their window and someone yell, “Get in, get in,” the report said. The neighbor saw no one, though, the report said.

Police collected surveillance video from the store to analyze and the suspect’s bag. The incident remains under investigation.

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