William M. Pope, 31, Garnett, and Dalton C. Dunnagan, 22, Mound City, face multiple felony charges in connection with the robbery of the gas station at 1445 U.S. 59, Princeton. The pair were arrested by local law enforcement officials on I-35 near Ottawa within minutes of the robbery.
About 10 p.m. Friday, two white men, one brandishing an apparent handgun, entered the Princeton Quick Stop and demanded the 22-year-old female clerk give them all the money in the cash register, the clerk told Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies.
The cashier gave the men a little more than $1,200, and they fled the scene in a silver passenger car, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
Ottawa police officers spotted the suspects’ car traveling northbound on I-35 and pulled the vehicle over at milepost 187 near Ottawa, where they detained the suspects until sheriff’s deputies could arrive and take them into custody, the news release said.
“The suspects were in custody within a matter of minutes,” Jerrod Fredricks, master deputy with the sheriff’s office, said.
A third subject, Amber Sharp, 30, Topeka, also was a passenger in the suspects’ vehicle but was released after further investigation, a sheriff’s report said.
Pope was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, making a criminal threat and theft, while Dunnagan was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and theft. After being booked into jail in connection with the armed robbery, Pope also was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on three outstanding warrants: one from Franklin County and two from Osage County.
Pope and Dunnagan remained in jail Monday afternoon, awaiting court appearances. Each man is being held on $75,000 bond.