3 arrested in 2 armed robberies

Gas station held up for smokes; man assaulted near airport hotel

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2002

Three suspected robbers await arraignment today after two unrelated robberies over the weekend.

Logan Henkins, 19, Gustavo Ramirez, 19, and Ian Patterson, 21, were arrested for felony robbery and held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Henkins was arrested Sunday morning after the Williams Express gas station on Glacier Highway was robbed by a man wielding a 2-foot metal pipe.

Ramirez and Patterson were arrested Sunday night after a man was beaten and robbed after being chased into the parking lot of a hotel in the Juneau Airport area.

"We don't have a large number of these types of robberies," said Police Capt. Tom Porter. "We're such a small town, there's a greater chance of a criminal being recognized or identified and it's not like in other places where you can just keep driving and get to the next town. They're pretty isolated."

The Williams Express robbery was such a case.

Around 4 a.m. Sunday, a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a pipe came into the Williams convenience store, went behind the counter and threatened the clerk, demanding money and his brand of cigarettes, said Kay Woytowich, a Williams manager.

Woytowich said the man got away with very little money since it is store policy to place large deposits of money from the day's sales into safes employees cannot access.

The amount of money stolen is not being released, but police said the robber got away with three or four packs of Newport cigarettes.

Porter said Henkins was found a short time later outside a trailer in Switzer Village with an unidentified man. Henkins was wearing clothing matching the description the clerk gave, police said.

Porter said police found a plastic bag containing coins and a small amount of cash, a ski mask and an unopened pack of Newport cigarettes in Henkins' vehicle. Police said they located the metal pipe allegedly used during the robbery somewhere in Switzer Village. Porter would not say exactly where police found the pipe.

Henkins was charged with felony first-degree robbery, which includes using a dangerous weapon. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Later Sunday, around 9 p.m., Ramirez and Patterson were arrested in connection with the robbery and beating of a man whose name is not being released and whose age is unknown to police. The victim said he was walking through an apartment parking lot in the Mendenhall Valley when two men approached him. He said he attempted to walk away but the men followed him. After a brief chase into the parking lot of the Frontier Suites Airport Hotel, the men caught the victim and demanded his money. Though the man tried to defend himself, police said, the robbers made off with his wallet and cell phone.

The man was able to describe the robbers to police, who arrested Patterson and Ramirez as they were entering one of the Madsen Apartments, where the chase began.

Police said the victim did not know Patterson or Ramirez. The victim sustained only minor abrasions from the incident and his property was returned to him.

Patterson and Ramirez were lodged at the state prison on felony second-degree robbery charges. They were being held without bail.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.

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