Crittenden gas station employee clobbers robber

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

A would-be robber was subdued by an employee and a customer after he attempted to rob a Crittenden gas station on May 6.

The incident occurred at 3:01 p.m. at the Crittenden Marathon HOP (Harper Oil Product) Shop when police say Scott O. Freeman, pulled to the gas pumps in an SUV.

Freeman, 41, of Louisville, grabbed a windshield washer squeegee and entered the store where he smacked a customer in the face before demanding money from the cash register.

Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said the unlucky customer was standing near the register when the attack occurred.

The squeegee head broke off and then Freeman turned to the clerk, Dills said.

“The suspect swings the squeegee and tells everyone to get on the floor. Then, he demands money and threatens the cashier,” Dills said.

A scuffle ensued when another store employee, James Murphy, attempted to tackle Freeman inside the store.

Dills said the men moved outside the store and the customer grabbed a board from the back of his pickup truck and tried to help Murphy.

Dills said Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Conrad arrived quickly and arrested Freeman on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

“He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol,” Dills said.

Police were able to recover an undisclosed amount of cash from Freeman.

Freeman was arrested in 1992 in Ohio on robbery and assault charges, Dills said.

He is lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.

There were several other customers inside and outside the store who witnessed the incident. It was also caught on the store’s video surveillance camera.

“The video shows some people at the gas pumps who just took off when the fight came outside and then there were others who tried to help,” Dills said.