WILKES-BARRE — A man suspected in an armed robbery at a Turkey Hill earlier this year was arraigned Thursday.
Ryshan E. Gaut, 21, of Eastview Drive, Wilkes-Barre, and another man allegedly attempted in January to rob the Turkey Hill on North Washington Street. Gaut and the other suspect fled the store without succeeding when a customer pulled into the parking lot, police said.
District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston arraigned Gaut on two counts of robbery and one count each of illegal possession of a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license and reckless endangerment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
A clerk was outside sweeping the parking lot at about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 29 when one of the suspects entered the store. The clerk was followed into the store by the second suspect, identified as Gaut.
The clerk told police Gaut and the other suspect, who were frequent customers, walked around the store before approaching the counter. Gaut brandished a handgun and aimed it at the clerk, telling him to open the cash register and place money in a book bag they were carrying, the complaint says.
The clerk was unable to open the register out of fear, police said. A second clerk came out from a rear office and realized he had walked into a robbery, according to the complaint.
As the second clerk was trying to open a register, Gaut and the second suspect fled the store when a customer parked in front of the entrance door, police said.
Gaut returned to the store two days after the alleged robbery, police said.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 9 before District Judge Martin Kane.