Suspect apprehended in armed gas station robberies

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – Deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in connection with two armed robberies Friday morning.

Jacob Hansel, 32, of Indianapolis, has been preliminarily charged with two counts of armed robbery. Investigators said more charges could be filed.

The robberies occurred at two different locations less than a mile away from each other, with one at the corner of 106th Street and College Avenue and the other at 96th Street and College Avenue.

Deputies said that around 12:30 a.m., a lone gunman entered the Circle K at 10598 North College Avenue and pointed a gun at the attendant.

The suspect, described by deputies as a white male, between 25 and 35 years old, six feet tall and about 200 pounds, demanded the attendant empty the cash register.

After apologizing to the cashier, the suspect then fled on foot with an unknown amount of money from the store. A little more than two hours later, the second robbery occurred.

The suspect was also described as wearing a gray Adidas hoody sweatshirt, gray jeans, gray tennis shoes and a green baseball cap.

Hamilton County Sheriff, Mark Bowen, said investigators were able to quickly identify Hansel through surveillance video and help from nearby businesses.

At around 12:30 p.m., a neighbor at Cornerstone Court called police after she spotted Hansel in her backyard. Sheriff deputies believe he may have been hiding out less than half a mile from the Circle K.

“He was moving through the backyards of some residents in the area there,” said Bowen. “When the homeowner confronted him, he took off running, which drew further suspicion to him.”

Neither clerk was hurt during the robberies, police and deputies said.

Hansel has also been previously charged in Indiana for aiding/dealing a controlled substance, failure to register as a sex offender, and child molesting.

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