Thursday, February 12, 2009

Man runs out of gas after robbing gas station

Authorities of Cape Haze said they have arrested an Englewood East man who apparently forgot to fill up when he was robbing a gas station.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old David Eric Hampton used a Bowie knife to rob a Cape Haze gas station early Sunday. Deputies say Hampton pulled the 12-inch blade and demanded money. But when he left, a customer followed him and called 911.

While deputies were looking for signs of the robber, a newspaper carrier told them that a man in a car matching the one from the robbery had run out of gas nearby.Hampton was arrested several hours after the robbery and charged with robbery with a weapon and loitering/prowling. He was released later on $10,500 bail.