Man implies he has gun, robs convenience store

January 04, 1998|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

A man implying he had a gun robbed a Brooklyn Park 7-11

store early Thursday morning, county police said.

The robber approached the clerk of the otherwise empty store in the 4000 block of Ritchie Highway about 2 a.m. after milling about in the drink section. With his right hand inside his jacket pocket, he ordered the clerk to empty the register.

After the clerk did not respond, the robber reached over the counter, grabbed a handful of bills and ran out of the store, heading north.

A man with no known address was arrested on charges of trying to steal a van in Pasadena and waving a gun at witnesses, county police said.

The witnesses, including the van's owner, told police they saw a man break into the locked van near Main Avenue and Lake Drive. The owner, Brian Beatty of Pasadena, and others began yelling and running toward the van before the man jumped out, police said.

The witnesses told police they chased him through several yards until he turned and pointed a handgun at them. The man then broke through a fence in the 8000 block of Main Drive, police said.

A witness called police, who sent a K-9 unit led by Officer Gary Wheeler, who found a man hiding under a boat in the 200 block of Lake Drive.

William Ray Mercer, 38, was charged with first-degree assault and attempted auto theft, police said. No weapon was found.

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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