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Suspect arrested in Elyria Marathon station armed robbery

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    Joseph Geiger

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ELYRIA — Police made an arrest Thursday in the May 5 armed robbery of a Huron Street gas station.

Joseph L. Geiger, 31, with a last known address in Cleveland, was arrested at his workplace on Lowell Street and charged with robbery, a second-degree felony, Elyria police said.

Geiger was being held without bond Thursday at Lorain County Jail with an arraignment scheduled this morning in Elyria Municipal Court, according to jail records.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said patrol officers first saw Geiger in the area of the Marathon gas station at 503 Huron St. on May 5 while responding to a report that the clerk at the station had been tied up by two masked black men wearing dark clothing and armed with handguns.

Officers “found (Geiger) in the area when they responded,” Costantino said. “They didn’t have enough evidence to arrest him, but he was a person of interest.”

Evidence collected in that same area that night later was linked to Geiger, Costantino said, crediting the patrol officers with quick work.

The clerk, a 40-year-old woman, said the two men entered the store at 9:52 p.m., just prior to closing, bound her hands with zip ties and demanded money.

She was not injured, but one of the robbers threatened to shoot her before he and his accomplice fled with cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of money, according to Elyria police.

Geiger has prior arrests for disorderly conduct, contempt of court and a probation violation, according to jail records.

Costantino said detectives are continuing to investigate and working to identify Geiger’s alleged accomplice.

“This was a violent crime,” he said.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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