Customers Trap Armed Robber in Gas Station

January 28, 2006 - Posted at 2:17 p.m. CST

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) _ A man who tried to hold up a St. Joseph

gas station with a box knife is behind bars after two customers

trapped him inside.

Forty-seven-year-old Pedro De La Torre-Borjon is charged with

second-degree robbery and is being detained at the Buchanan County

Jail on 40-thousand dollars bond. Police say immigration officials

are involved in the case.

Officers were called yesterday morning after Borjon reportedly

threatened a female clerk with a box knife before she ran out of

the gas station. Two men who were parked outside held the store

doors shut until police arrived.

One of the customers says the suspect lunged at the door, and

later threw the cash register on the ground and started stuffing

bills in his pocket.

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