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.