Washington police arrest suspect in armed robbery

WASHINGTON - Washington police say they have arrested a man in connection with the armed robbery of a gas station on Tuesday.

According to Washington Police Chief Don Volk, a man wearing a gorilla mask entered the gas station at about 12:00 p.m. on October 21, displayed a knife, and demanded money.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money from the clerk, the man fled on foot.

Volk says that Washington schools were placed on lock down while police searched for the suspect, and that an officer accidentally fired a shot into the wall of a home the suspect was in when police entered the residence.  No one was injured.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man from Eureka, was taken into custody.  He remains in Tazewell County Jail, and faces preliminary charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery, and resisting arrest.
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