Teen dressed as devil robs gas station
A 17-year-old boy is accused of holding up a Winnipeg gas bar while wearing a red devil mask and armed with two knives early Monday.
City police officers weren't spooked by the suspect's Halloween-inspired getup. They arrested him in the act at gunpoint.
The hold-up occurred at about 2:50 a.m. A source said a male employee, who was working the graveyard shift alone, was stocking soft drinks outside the kiosk when he caught a glimpse of the suspect. The employee retreated into the kiosk but wasn't able to lock the door in time or hold the male off as he struggled to enter, the source said.
The suspect opened the glass door and forced his way inside the tight space, which is monitored by a surveillance camera and outfitted with an alarm system.
The masked thief demanded cash and cigarettes. By that point the employee had pressed a panic alarm button to alert police, the source said.
Patrolling officers intervened and arrested a suspect.
The teen has been charged with robbery with a weapon, wearing a disguise with intent, failing to comply with a recognizance and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking. He remains in custody.