Fenton Police arrested a 23-year-old Fenton resident after an armed robbery at a Fenton gas station and brief standoff at home Wednesday afternoon.
Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said police received a call from the Clark Gas Station on North Leroy Street at 2:17 p.m. Wednesday when a clerk told police she was robbed at gunpoint. The report stated that the man had a black pistol in his waistband and demanded money.
Police said she told officers the suspect wearing a camouflaged jack and hat with jeans left the store and headed east on Third Street. The clerk also told police that she may have recognized the man as a regular customer, who lived in the area, according to report.
Aro said police waited about 10 minutes for a Genesee County Sheriff’s Department canine unit to track the suspect. The dog followed a trail to a home on the 800 block of Third Street, the report stated. Police surrounded the home and tried to contact the homeowner, when one officer observed an individual with a weapon trying to leave the residence through a rear bedroom window, Aro said.
Officers ordered the man to put down the weapon, Aro said. After a brief standoff, the man came out of the home unarmed and police arrested him around 3:20 p.m. Aro said the man matched the description from the gas station clerk. Police searched the home and recovered the weapon, the stolen cash and other evidence.
Aro said the suspect gave a full statement and was lodged at the Genesee County Jail. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. He will be charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a felony and possession of a stolen firearm.
Aro said Tomek-Eastern Elementary School was put on lockdown during the incident.