Lancaster police looking for 2 after gas station attack

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 15, 2013 

— A man with a gun held to his neck at a Lancaster gas station wrestled with his assailant, falling over a hill and suffering scrapes and bruises before the would-be robber and an accomplice fled in a car on Saturday, police say.

Now, Lancaster police are searching for both suspects and asking for help in identifying them.

At 3:14 a.m. Saturday, police went to the parking lot of the CITGO gas station at 1200 N. Main St., according to the Lancaster Police Department. The victim, a man in his 20s, told them that while he was pumping gas, another man approached him and asked if he could look at the wheels on his car.

The victim gave the stranger permission and the “suspect acted as if he was checking them out,” police say. The man then took out a handgun and put it to the victim’s neck.

The victim resisted, police said, and the two wrestled across the parking lot and over a hill at the end of the lot. A second man followed the two over the hill.

The attackers eventually left the victim alone and fled in a burgundy Ford Explorer without taking money or valuables, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant. The victim suffered minor bruises and cuts from the struggle.

The Lancaster Police Department is asking anyone who might know the identity of the men shown in the accompanying photos and video to call the police at 803-283-1173 or the department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 803-289-6040.


Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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