Both suspects arrested in gas station robbery, connected to Huntington robbery
UPDATE 05/16/22 @ 4:20 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - Huntington Police say gas station robbery suspect Johnathon Michael Owens is in police custody.
Owens, 23, of Huntington, was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Monday in the 2100 block of West 5th Avenue.
Police say Owens and Tyler Workman, 25, also of Huntington, are the men who robbed the King Mart in Huntington Friday night where they allegedly stole cash and cigarettes.
Officers tell WSAZ they signed warrants for Owens and Workman on Saturday night for first-degree robbery before the robbery in South Point, Ohio.
Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless says deputies responded to calls for a robbery at a gas station just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
The robbery happened at the Marathon gas station on County Road 450 in South Point.
According to the employees at the gas station, two men came into the store and went behind the counter.
Store employees say the men told them they had a weapon, threatened them with bodily harm, and demanded cash from the register.
Once the register was opened, deputies say the men grabbed cash from it and started grabbing cartons of cigarettes and lottery tickets before leaving the gas station.
That’s about the time deputies got to the scene, and witnessed two men taking off from the gas station and dropping cigarettes and lottery tickets.
Deputies then began a foot pursuit that went into the wooded area behind the store.
While they lost sight of one of the suspects, deputies say they were able to get the second suspect, Tyler Jeffrey Allen Workman, 25, of Huntington, W. Va.
He was caught near the intersection of County Road 1 and County Road 450 in the yard of Jennifer Taylor’s home.
“Next thing I know, I hear a cop out here yelling, ‘Freeze get on the ground’,” she said.
Taylor said her husband and his friend were outside, and when she went to the door to find out what was going on, he told her to stay inside.
“He said that the cops are out here on the side of the house they tased someone that was running from them,” said Taylor. “They had all the money on the ground collecting it, putting it in the guy’s shirt and it’s just crazy.”
An extensive search of the area was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and multiple agencies to try and apprehend the other suspect.
K9 officers were also deployed, but authorities were not able to locate him.
Workman was arraigned in court Monday morning.
He is charged with resisting arrest, a first degree misdemeanor, and aggravated robbery, a felony in the first degree, punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.
Sheriff Jeff Lawless says they have identified the other suspect as being Jonathan Michael Owens, 23, of Huntington.
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