The incident involved Donald Turner, 28, of Saint Albans, and occurred on Feb. 23 at the One Stop on Indian Grave Road, according to a criminal complaint filed by Deputy B.G. Browning of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
Turner faces a felony charge of first-degree robbery.
The clerk saw a silver or gray truck leaving the scene, according to the report. As he was leaving, the defendant left a lot of evidence at the scene.
That evidence led Browning to Turner, according to the report. When Browning arrived to Turner's home with three Saint Albans police officers, the defendant ran and hid from them.
"We ended up finding him lying between the mattress and boxsprings of his step-son's bed, downstairs in the basement of the house," Browning wrote.
The defendant's wife told the officers Turner ran downstairs as soon as he saw them pull into the driveway, according to the report.
The defendant's father also called the Boone County Emergency Operations Center and advised 911 dispatchers that Turner was driving drunk in a truck that matched the clerk's description, according to the report.
Later that evening, Turner called the Boone County Emergency Operations Center from his home and said he needed to speak with an officer, according to the report.
When Browning spoke to Turner, the defendant lied to the deputy about the vehicle he was driving in Boone County and later admitted to doing so, according to the report. Turner initially told Browning he was driving a maroon Chevrolet Malibu, but his wife told the officer they no longer have that vehicle because it was totaled.
Turner admitted he was in Boone County on the evening the incident occurred, according to the report.
Browning reviewed the surveillance tapes from the gas station and determined Turner matched the clerk's description of the robber, according to the report.
"Also, the defendant is the prime suspect of at least two other armed robberies in this area," Browning wrote.
The officers from the Saint Albans Police Department also charged Turner with fleeing and obstructing, according to the report.
Turner is free on bond. If convicted, he faces no less than 10 years for the first-degree robbery charge.
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