Three Rivers clerk speaks out after surviving robbery
Updated: Wednesday, April 24 2013, 08:43 PM EDT
THREE RIVERS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A gas station clerk survived a terrifying robbery, after being bound by a gun-wielding man.
It happened before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, at the BP on West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers.
At this hour, the robber is still on the run.
According to police, the man called in a fake domestic violence incident at an apartment complex at the edge of town, in order to make sure police were focused on something else, giving him time to commit the robbery and get away.
Newschannel 3 spoke to the clerk Wednesday about his ordeal.
"I came out of this room, and all of a sudden, he rushed me and he had the gun right in my face, and told me to get back in the room," recalled Kenneth Griffin.
That's when the man tied him up and forced him onto the floor.
"He told me, stay on the ground, don't move or I'll mess you up," Griffin said.
Griffin told Newschannel 3 that after about 10 minutes, he was able to break the ties--showing us the bruises to prove it.
"I just snapped 'em," he said. "Plastic zip ties."
After he was able to get free, he tells Newschannel 3 that he locked up, called police, and pushed the alarm button.
While it all happened quickly, Griffin says he was able to stay calm and keep things from escalating.
"It was all fast paced at the time; you know when you work here, you kind of have it in the back of your mind, but you never think it's going to happen," he said.
Police describe the robber as a black man, around 6 feet tall, and around 250 pounds. At the time, Griffin says the man was wearing dark clothes, white pants, boots, and a red towel over his face.
The store owner says the man got away with around $700, along with Griffin's car and cellphone.
The car was spotted in Indiana, and police there chased it to the border and stopped.
It was later discovered abandoned in Chicago.
Now, those involved are just waiting for police to find the suspect.