2 suspects arrested in Gadsden gas station robbery

2 suspects arrested in Gadsden gas station robbery

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(L-R) Patrick Louis Ray, Derick Rayshun Williams (L-R) Patrick Louis Ray, Derick Rayshun Williams
GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) -

Two Gadsden men have been charged with robbing a gas station on Friday.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Office says the Kangaroo Express on Rainbow Drive was robbed around 12:30 a.m. Friday, July 27.

Authorities said one of the suspects jumped the counter to open the register while the other stood in the door way and ordered the employee to open up the safe.

When the employee was unable to open the safe, the suspect held her at gunpoint and pushed her into the restroom, the sheriff's office said.

A woman waiting at a traffic light noticed the suspects running into the gas station and called 9-1-1. She then followed the suspects in her car after they fled the scene in a green 1995 Ford Taurus.

"The detailed description she gave greatly assisted officers in the quick apprehension of the suspects," Sheriff Todd Entrekin said in a release. "We are thankful for the information she gave to dispatchers."

Nine minutes after getting the call, Gadsden police found the suspects' vehicle at Forest River Apartment and the suspects inside. They also found the weapon and clothing used during the robbery inside the apartment, plus stolen rolled coins.

The suspects stole a total of $120 from the gas station.

Patrick Louis Ray, 19, and Derick Rayshun Williams, 26, were arrested on first degree robbery charges. They are being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on cash bonds totaling $50,000 each.

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