Man accused of holding up Lewiston convenience store at gunpoint arrested

Posted July 21, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
Last modified July 21, 2014, at 9:29 p.m.

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LEWISTON, Maine — A local man was arrested Sunday evening following an armed robbery at a College Street convenience store, according to police.

Jacob Koch, 31, is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on charges of robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, Lewiston police Lt. Michael McGonagle said Monday.

McGonagle said the robbery occurred around 9 p.m. last night, when Koch allegedly entered Lewiston Variety at gunpoint and demanded cash from a clerk.

The clerk handed Koch an undisclosed amount of cash, and he fled the store.

Police arrived shortly after, and the clerk was able to give officers an accurate detail of the robber, McGonagle said.

“The clerk did a great job in remaining calm and getting as much detail about the suspects and relying that to the police,” McGonagle said. “It helped in us solving it as quickly as we did.”

Shortly after canvassing the scene, speaking with the clerk and reviewing surveillance footage, a vehicle matching the description of the one at the store was found, and Koch was arrested, McGonagle said.

Cash and a loaded handgun were found in the vehicle, the lieutenant said.

McGonagle said the incident remains under investigation, and additional charges are expected.

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