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Armed robbery suspect nabbed

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A man was arrested after police said he robbed a Greenwood gas station at gunpoint and forced an employee to go outside, lie on the ground and count to 30.

Joshua L. Allen, 28, Indianapolis, was arrested on a charge of robbery. Police found Allen after a man who was with him Friday night told investigators Allen came back to the vehicle, pointed a gun at the driver and told him to drive away or he would set the gas station on fire, according to a Greenwood Police Department report.

About 11 p.m., police were called to Speedway, at 1291 Madison Ave., after the gas station clerk reported being robbed at gunpoint.

The clerk told police the man waited in line to pay for an energy drink and a carton of cigarettes. After the clerk finished ringing up the purchase, the man pulled out a gun and said, “This is a robbery.” The man demanded another carton of cigarettes, all the money in the cash register and the store phone. The man asked the clerk what he had in his pockets and then took his cellphone, the report said.

The man then took the items and demanded that the clerk walk outside with him. He ordered the clerk to lie on the ground between two bushes, count to 30 and not look up or else he would kill him, the report said. The clerk counted to 30, ran back inside the gas station and locked the door, telling a customer inside he had just been robbed, the report said.

Police looked at surveillance video from the store and began searching for the vehicle used in the robbery. While searching, an officer was flagged down by a woman. She told police her brother came back to her home crying and upset. He told her Allen had just robbed a gas station after he had driven him there to buy an energy drink, the report said.

Another man who was in the car told police Allen went inside the gas station for about five minutes, got back in the car with a gun and yelled at the driver to drive away from the gas station or he would burn it down, the report said.

Both the man inside the car and the gas station clerk identified Allen in photos as the man who robbed the gas station, the report said.

Police found Allen walking along Madison Avenue. He told police he had been at the gas station but did not rob it, the report said.

Allen, 5932 Rawles Ave., was being held at the Johnson County jail on $20,000 bond.

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