Clerk, customer hold down box-knife-wielding snack snatching suspect for Fort Wayne Police
A man faces an armed robbery charge after he allegedly took snacks from a gas station, threatened a clerk with a box knife and then found himself held on the ground by a clerk and customer, according to a Fort Wayne Police report.
At 4:14 p.m. Monday, a police officer responded to an armed robbery call at the Marathon Gas Station, 3217 E. Washington Blvd.
A man told an emergency dispatcher that a man wearing a black-and-white hoodie and red pants had robbed the business with a knife, according to the report. Other callers said people were holding the suspect on the ground.
New Haven Police Sgt. Corey Smith placed the suspect, Jonathon Burget Jr., 20, in handcuffs, according to the report. Burget faces a charge of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, a Level 3 felony, in Allen Superior Court, according to electronic court records. He was being held in Allen County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Burget allegedly told an arresting officer, “I only did it because I have not eaten in two days!”
According to the police report, the following allegedly occurred:
A store clerk said he saw Burget take three bags of Totino’s Pizza Rolls and a bag of Takis Fuego Tortilla Chips worth $20.96 from the freezer. However, Burget quickly went to the exit without paying for the items. The clerk said that Burget showed him the middle finger and said an expletive at him before running from the store eastbound across the parking lot.
The clerk ran after Burget, caught up with him near 3305 E. Washington Blvd., and told him to stop. Burget then pulled out what the clerk described as a silver knife from his pocket and told the clerk, “Don’t touch me, I will kill you!” Burget then back-peddled and fell into a gray Chevrolet Malibu that was parked on the lot.
The clerk said he and others struggled with Burget and got the knife from his hand. The clerk held down Burget until police arrived.
Two other store clerks saw the theft from the store and were followed outside by a customer who said he helped restrain Burget, who
was holding a razor blade in his hand when he was on the ground.
Police confiscated a box knife along with food items.