Detroit men charged in Ind. robbery
Authorities say two Detroit men robbed a Columbus, Ind., gas station early Sunday morning, and now are in custody.
One of the suspects, Jerry Lee Strawser, 22, also struck a customer in the face with a firearm during the 7:30 a.m. robbery, according to Officer Matt Harris, a Columbus Police Department spokesman.
Harris said officers happened to be nearby when the call was dispatched, and when they arrived, Strawser still was inside the store.
As officers moved in, Strawser left the store and got into a silver Jeep in a hotel parking lot next to the gas station, driven by another suspect, James Clarence Maddox, 26. The two suspects sped away with officers in pursuit.
A short time later, officers from the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department found the car abandoned behind a gas station in Taylorsville.
The two Detroit men were taken into custody by the Columbus Police Department without incident inside the gas station a short time later.
Strawser was remanded with five felony charges, including armed robbery, confinement, criminal recklessness, battery with a deadly weapon and pointing a a firearm. Maddox, who police say drove the get-away vehicle, was charged with armed robbery.
"These are very serious charges," Harris said. "Police continue to investigate and are reviewing the evidence."
He said the case will be sent to the Bartholomew County prosecutor for further analysis.
The two suspects are being held in the Bartholomew County jail.