Man Wanted For Violent Armed Robbery In Scranton Found In Washington State
A 34-year-old man wanted in Scranton for a violent January armed robbery of a gas station was found this morning hiding in a closet of a home in Spokane, Washington, city police detectives said.
Carlos Perez, whose last known address was 1046 Paul Ave., Scranton, is awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania, Detective Sgt. James Pappas said in an email.
The U.S. Marshals received information that Perez might be hiding out in Washington.
Perez is charged with felony robbery and aggravated assault for holding up the E-fuel gas station, 801 Pittston Ave., on Jan. 11. Perez is also a suspect in a robbery and assault that occurred at that gas station two days earlier, Capt. Dennis Lukasewicz said.
According to a criminal complaint charging him with the Jan. 11 heist, Perez walked into the gas station’s store at about 9 p.m. and pointed a gun at the clerk, Sushil Kumar Sighn.
“Give me all the money,” Perez ordered, according to the complaint.
Perez and Sighn scuffled and Sighn managed to rip a black shirt covering the robber’s face off. Perez stole more than $200 and fled, according to a complaint. Police arrived minutes later.
Police did a DNA analysis of a sample obtained from the shirt used as a mask and from a baseball cap that fell off the robber’s head during the struggle.
The DNA identified the robber as Perez, a known heroin user on probation, who was staying two blocks away from the gas station with his mother.
In the earlier robbery, a man punched a clerk and stole cigarettes and money. That investigation is continuing, Lukasewicz said.
In addition to the felonies, Perez is charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering another person.
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