ROCK HILL — Police have arrested the man they believe held a gas station clerk at gunpoint in Rock Hill and robbed the store of money and several cartons of cigarettes early Monday.
At about 3:20 a.m., police were called to the Marathon/Kangaroo Express gas station on Herlong Avenue after receiving reports of an armed robbery, according to a Rock Hill police report. A clerk, 19, told police a man walked into the store with a gun and demanded money.
Antonio Crawford, 21, has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Police say he walked behind the counter and ordered the employee to place numerous amounts of Black & Mild cigars and Newport cigarettes into a black book bag.
He also demanded that the clerk put money from both cash registers in the bag, the report states. He started pushing buttons on the time lock safe to get more money before forcing the employee to the front office and shutting the door behind him.
An employee at the nearby McDonalds told police she saw a man run inside and then outside the store, the report states. Another witness, who said she was at Waffle House, told police she saw a man run towards the back of Pizza Hut.
Total, police say Crawford took $264 wroth of cigarettes and $438 cash, according to an arrest warrant.
Police have recovered the cigarettes and the gun Crawford used, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department. Authorities found him walking within two miles of the gas station after they responded to the scene.
After stopping him, they realized he was wanted on shoplifting charges and took him into custody, Bollinger said. That's when police began putting together "pieces of the puzzle."