FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- An armed robbery suspect is still at-large after he made off with cash and cigarettes from one Fort Wayne gas station on the northwest side of town. It was the first robbery at any of the local gas station chain stores in eight years.
Around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, a man described as slim, light-skinned wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans, and a face mask entered the All-American Store gas station on Lima Road in Fort Wayne.
The man walked up to the counter and asked for cigarettes. Employee Michelle Henley told the man he needed his ID, so he went to grab it.
"The minute he came back in I could tell he was really nervous and he kept acting really strange. It made me really uncomfortable," Henley said.
After a few moments, the man pulls a gun and points it at Henley, demanding cash and cigarettes.
As Henley stared down the wrong end of the gun, she thought, "My biggest worry was somebody, like a woman or a child, running in the door and him getting freaked out and harming somebody else or getting upset at me and harming me because somebody else spooked him."
The armed robber ran off with $69 and two cartons of cigarettes.
Gas station owner Adam Dager got a call from the alarm company just a few moments later.
"It’s pretty pathetic when you point a loaded weapon at someone that could take their life in a heart beat," Dager said. "They got away with less than one hundred dollars and they’re willing to threaten someone’s life over something like that at a place that she’s actually working, unlike the pathetic person that did it."
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident, and for Dager, this is the first robbery at any of his eight gas stations, all of which has surveillance cameras. Dager believes the video, as well as other evidence left behind, will help lead him to the suspect.
"I despise criminals to the N-th degree. I don’t care if it’s five bucks or ten dollars. I chase them and I hunt them down, and I make sure that they’re prosecuted," Dager explained.
Still dealing with the trauma of the incident, Henley says she’s also confident the gunman will be caught soon.
"I’m going to keep going on, keep my head up and know that we’re going to catch this guy," Henley said.
Dager says police dogs tracked the suspect as far as they could, but couldn’t catch the suspect. However, he hopes that someone will recognize the coat or the shoes he was wearing, or some of the evidence the suspect left behind will lead them to the suspect.
If you have any information about the robbery, you're asked to contact Fort Wayne Police at (260) 427-1222.
Video surveillance from the robbery can be viewed above.