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Georgia man attempts to rob 76 gas station in Astoria

Employee grabbed knife and refused to hand over cash
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 22, 2017 10:07AM

A Georgia man was arrested after allegedly attempting to rob a convenience store at the 76 gas station on Marine Drive on Thursday night.

Astoria police responded to the station just before 9:30 p.m. for what was originally reported as a theft. They found a man in a nearby parking lot with a cloth covering his face. Earlier, the man allegedly gave an employee at the store a robbery note, asked for money and clutched what appeared to be a weapon in his pocket. The employee then grabbed a knife and refused to hand him money.

The man then allegedly swiped a candy bar and left. After finding him in the parking lot, one officer pointed a bean-bag shotgun at him as he refused to show his hands and was holding an object in his pocket. Once the officer warned him he would be hit with a bean bag, he surrendered, and the object turned out to be a silver cellphone. Brandon Denmark, 24, of Marietta, Georgia, was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree theft and second-degree disorderly conduct.


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