A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Sweetwater County, Wyo., on allegations that he robbed a Wamsutter restaurant using a pellet gun, according to a Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Justin Paul Roberts, of Craig, is charged with aggravated robbery, a felony. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.
A clerk at a Subway restaurant at Love’s Truck Stop in Wamsutter gave Roberts about $200 from a cash register after he allegedly pointed a gun at her early Sunday morning, according to the release and Detective Dick Blust Jr., Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.
“Investigating deputies determined that the suspect purchased two dollars worth of gasoline at Love’s just prior to the robbery,” the release stated.
At about 5:25 a.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper stopped to assist a motorist who had run out of gas about 60 miles west of Wamsutter on Interstate 80.
Roberts, the driver, matched the description of the alleged robber provided by the clerk and security tapes, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
A Powerline .177-caliber pellet gun and $231 in cash were retrieved from Roberts and his vehicle, the release stated.
Roberts was booked Sunday into the Sweetwater County Detention Center in Rock Springs, Wyo.
A Rock Springs Circuit Court judge set Roberts’ bond at $25,000 cash or surety at his initial appearance Monday, the release stated.
His preliminary hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in Circuit Court.
The Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Armed robberies are “infrequent” in Sweetwater County, Blust said. He added: “We see a lot more nonviolent larcenies and burglaries.”