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Men rob Marathon gas station at gunpoint

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ELYRIA — Police are looking for two men they said robbed a Huron Street gas station at gunpoint Sunday night, tied up the clerk and made off with money and cigarettes.

No injuries were reported, though the clerk was threatened with physical harm and had her hands tied by the robbers, according to Elyria police.

Police Capt. Chris Costantino said officers were called to the Marathon gas station at 503 Huron St. at 9:52 p.m. Sunday for a report of an armed robbery.

A 40-year-old female clerk at the station, which closes at 10 p.m., was found there with her hands bound with plastic zip ties, he said. The clerk told officers she was cleaning just before closing when two masked men walked in.

Armed with handguns, the men were described as two thin black males — one light-skinned and one dark-skinned — both 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, and both wearing dark pants, Costantino said.

While one of the men went behind the counter, the second placed his hand on the clerk’s shoulder, led her to the counter and told her he needed money and that he was not going to hurt her as long as she did what he said, Costantino said.

The clerk gave one of the robbers an undisclosed amount of money from the register while the other “rummaged the storage cabinets” for cigarettes, Costantino said. At one point, when the clerk was “taking too long” to do what the robbers said, one of them “implied he would shoot her if he did not get money,” Costantino said.

The clerk was then told to kneel behind the counter and had her hands bound with the plastic ties. The robbers then ran from the store in an unknown direction.

No vehicles were seen, Costantino said.

“This is an active investigation and detectives are working on it,” he said Monday.

Anyone with any information on any suspects is asked to call Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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