Police search for robbery suspect

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer said authorities are on the lookout for an armed robber.

Close to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, police were dispatched to the Marathon gas station, 370 E. National Ave., Brazil, after employees said an armed man walked into the station and demanded money from the cash register.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid to late 40s, with a gray beard and mustache, standing between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6. At the time of the altercation, the suspect was said to be wearing blue jeans, a blue hooded-jacket and a red shirt.

"I was in the council meeting," Archer told The Brazil Times Wednesday morning.

Archer said some people and a station employee witnessed the event.

He said the station employee was outside on a break when she saw a man standing by the propane tanks.

Following the break, the employee walked back into the store as the man followed.

The employee told authorities the man asked for a carton of cigarettes before the robbery took place.

Archer said the employee told authorities the suspect said, "I don't want to scare you," before lifting his shirt and displaying a semi automatic handgun.

"He demanded the money in the register," Archer said, stating the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash.

The station has a safe on the premises, but according to Archer, the suspect did not take any money from the safe, fleeing on foot northeast around the side of the building.

Archer said it has been a while since a robbery of this kind took place in the city.

"We don't have a lot of them here," he said. "This is a rare occurrence.

"We're checking out all of our leads."

Archer said no one was injured during the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is urged to call the police department at 446-2211.

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  • What exactly does Archer being in the Council meeting have to do with anything? Is that a typo? No one expects the Chief or Police or even a Patrol Officer to be everywhere at all times. Just wondered if that was placed in this story in error?

    -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 7:13 AM
  • I should think as Chief he should have been at the council meeting. The police can not be everywhere all the time.

    I hope they catch this person soon. Hope this doesn't become routine in Brazil!

    -- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 7:41 AM
  • BPD did a great job in responding ~ squad cars were everywhere on Main Street last evening ~ let's all be thankful that this hockey puck didn't get nervous & fire the gun ~ the whole incident could have easily been much more tragic than it was ~ & let's face it ~ this is Brazil ~ the punk will have to take credit for what a bad butt he was in the robbery ~ folks will know who did this ~

    -- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 7:50 AM
  • Won't be too long before they find out who it was. GL BPD

    -- Posted by Pro Se on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 7:51 AM
  • hey sassy ~ I agree ~ I would expect Chief Archer to be in the Council meeting, too ~

    Did you happen to notice the time on our posts ~ looks like the Times is an hour behind & the Marathon is a few dollars short today ~ LOL ~

    -- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 7:54 AM
  • It is weird that the description is a little off. I saw him while there.

    The guy was about 5'4..small build, small face, thin with a weathered tan face. His beard was a dark dirty grey and brown (tobacco stain) He had a grey hoodie. He actually said hello to me as I was coming in. What a crazy! Attendant thought he was drunk.


    I think the Marathon station is too dark. A perfect little spot to rob people. There should NOT be so much junk on the counters. I could not see the customer robbing her. If the cashier had been next to the door, people can see a robbery.


    The newspaper had no business reporting that their safe is right there on the premesis. The next time, he wont go for the cash in the drawer. Dumb. The cop should not have reported that fact.

    Marathon needs more lighting. Outside and inside. I wont be going there or anywhere after dark.

    I was out and about the night before picking up pizza. All three cop cars were at Subway. Now, wait a min. Is it possible that everyone gets a dinner break together or does it make sense to do it in three 30mn breaks? Somebody needs to be patrolling these stores. I heard out east they are robbing stores left and right. People times are getting bad. One last thing, The cop mentioned that this was the 12th robbery in six months. How could it be that they report this sort of thing never happens? Hello? I am confused. Never the less, all my shopping will be done in the daytime.

    -- Posted by Pearl2083 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 10:18 AM
  • One last thing, I am not picking on the police.

    I think they do the best they can. I was just making some observations and printing it.

    -- Posted by Pearl2083 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 10:20 AM
  • Pearl2083,

    If you saw so much last night, then you really need to contact the police with your information so they can look for the real suspect!

    As for the paper printing the information about the safe, don't they have a sign posted that the attendant can not unlock the safe? I think that point becomes mute!

    The lighting issue is a real one. It's dark around that business.

    Protecting ourselves and our community should be a group effort.

    -- Posted by Cy on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 11:42 AM
  • I agree he should be at the Council meeting. Just not sure how that is relevant to the story. I guess they could say the owner of the store was at home in bed, but that isn't relevant. Dave does a good job, but he cant be everywhere at all times.

    I agree about the lighting, with the bars across the street they get a lot of people parking in their lot that are not their customers. They also need more lights on the east side of the building.

    -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 11:59 AM
  • To Pearl2083,

    To clarify the Cops that you saw at Subway were off-duty Officers who just finished working Traffic for the Covered Bridge. The three Officers that were working at the time of this were not at Subway and I should know because I was one of the Officers working.

    -- Posted by bucklin on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 5:05 PM
  • Truth is correct....He was On-Duty, On patrol and taking calls. Several of us were Off Duty and stopped to get something to eat after directing traffic all day.

    -- Posted by out_and_about on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 6:37 PM
  • I want everyone who complains about the officers taking meal breaks at the same time to understand that these men and women are out there to protect you and property...but they also deserve to get a break every now and then to talk about the things they see and know while on duty...You ever talk to anyone in your office? Do you go to lunch with your buddies? Do the people who come into your office want to fight you, kill you? I highly doubt it...get off the "I saw a bunch of the cops at (insert your favorite restaurant here) kick and understand these guys and gals put their lives on the line for YOU...Got a problem, man up and join the force!

    -- Posted by RickS on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 6:48 PM
  • I was one of the police officers that was working traffic for the covered bridge. We go off-duty and eat after working 14 hours directing and maintaining the traffic flow. I appreciate everyones support to their local law enforcement.

    -- Posted by MensRea2008 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 8:02 PM
  • These officers are lucky if they get to sit down & finish a meal! A lot of times they will get a call after they have ordered & never get to eat.

    -- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 8:29 PM
  • Why doesnt super PEARL just move to another city far far away so Pearl can feel safe and shop at night. Come on get off of it Pearl you thing that Brazil is dangerous at night maybe you should just stay in your house 24/7 so you can feel safe.

    My only thought on the story is if the guy ran from the station after the robbery were there any tracking k-9 dogs called to help. I thought Brazil has a dog and Sheriff Office has 2. Just a thought maybe the times failed to into they the K-9 assisted.

    Great job arresting the suspect. Guess life does go on since there were 3 officers at subway or where ever they were at. (roll eyes)

    -- Posted by BigCB20 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 8:35 PM
  • Pearl2083 ~

    So.....According to you Officers should not eat together & apparently should not eat at all while on duty ~ has it occurred to you that these guys all have radios on their uniforms for a reason?? Always reachable. Do you have a clue how many times these great guys leave their meal to respond to some emergency? I do.

    Has it occurred to you that these guys are basically on duty 24/7??? They are.

    Maybe you should think outside your little box & take a view from the Officer's standpoint ~ BPD, CCSD & ISP are all out there to protect us ~ next time you see a squad car with lights flashing & sirens blaring take a moment to wonder if they just paid for a meal & left it behind to help someone with an emergency ~

    And another thing, Clay County is fortunate to have our "Bad Boys" ~ all the agencies do an awesome job ~ time to start giving these guys credit for what they do ~

    -- Posted by karebabe on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 8:16 AM
  • Wow, it's nice to know that Brazil has so many concerned citizens out there. I was a police officer for 10 years and it never ceased to amaze me how critical the general public could be towards police officers. The minute you need them though you call. Maybe Pearl should sign up for the reserve program for BPD. Talk about people who make sacrifices. The reserves don't even get paid for putting their lives on the line for you people. It's bad enough that you people gripe and moan about police officers eating, like their not allowed to do that, but you criticize every stinking thing they do.

    Granted there are officers who abuse their authority, but I've never witnessed that in Clay County in the 43 years I've lived here.

    Next time you see a police officer maybe you should thank them for keeping you safe while you eat dinner with your family and/or friends Pearl. Maybe you should thank them for keeping watch over you while you sleep. I could go on and on, but I'm afraid I'll digress to your level.

    -- Posted by pkaguy35 on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 10:47 AM
  • pkaguy35 ~

    Folks like Pearl2083 & many like her enjoy taking pot shots at the Officers ~ they just don't have the guts to do an Officers job ~ Pearl is just like a cranky backseat driver ~ always giving critism & advice ~

    Thank you for your time on the BPD Reserves ~ the Reserves of BPD & CCSD really do make a sacrifice for our community ~ & rarely get thanked by the public ~

    -- Posted by karebabe on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 12:42 PM
  • Talk about striking a match! WOW!

    I hate to interrupt the string of this conversation, but I was re-reading Pearls' comment and I have to ask a question.

    Where in the story does it say there have been 12 armed robberies in Clay County?

    Pearl says it: "One last thing, The cop mentioned that this was the 12th robbery in six months."

    I can't find that in this story or in any subsequently published article by the paper.

    Does anyone know what Pearl is talking about, or is their wires crossed?

    -- Posted by Cy on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 12:45 PM
  • man it seems like alot of people like to talk big but won't actually ever do anything about it.. I bet that none of you that are critizing the police would ever for a second stand in their shoes.. They are here to protect and serve you and they have been doing an awesome job of it even though the way people in this town treat them and talk down to them.

    -- Posted by blue357 on Thu, Oct 16, 2008, at 8:57 PM
  • -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 7:01 AM
  • i think that u icareaboutbrazil dont really care about brazil. cuz if he wasnt in the meeting then why in the heck would they put that.....DUH!!!

    get a freaking clue why dont u.

    they do the best they can. and yeah police are busy at all times.

    be thankful.

    if u ever needed then. i know for a fact they would be there to help u!

    now wouldn't they?

    yep exactly!!

    -- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 8:25 AM
  • i think that u icareaboutbrazil dont really care about brazil. cuz if he wasnt in the meeting then why in the heck would they put that.....DUH!!!

    She/he never said he wasn't; just questioned the relevance of that to this story.

    -- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, Oct 17, 2008, at 2:45 PM
  • -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Tue, Oct 21, 2008, at 1:22 PM
  • Well "DUH" nhs_babe_2011 if you would have read what I wrote then you would know that I wasn't criticizing Dave (Chief Archer) for being in the meeting, as a matter of fact I believe I said, "I agree he should be in the council meeting." And again the relevance to why the paper felt it was necessary to report that is what I questioned. Thanks Pro Se for recognizing that.

    I work in Law Enforcement and know that they cannot be everywhere at all times. So believe it or not, I do care about Brazil.

    -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Tue, Oct 21, 2008, at 1:32 PM
  • -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Wed, Oct 22, 2008, at 8:09 AM
  • -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Oct 23, 2008, at 7:11 AM
  • -- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Fri, Oct 24, 2008, at 8:39 AM
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