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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield police say a robbery was thwarted when a gas station manager pulled a gun on an armed teenager and held him until officers arrived.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the crime happened Dec. 9. A probable cause statement says 18-year-old Anthony Hetherington told investigators he was smoking marijuana with a friend and decided take a BB gun to the gas station. Police say that when Hetherington raised a towel to his face, the manager grew suspicious.

Police say Hetherington raised his shirt to show a gun tucked in his waistband. The manager drew his own handgun. Police arrived to find the suspect lying face-down on the ground with the manager holding a gun to him.

Hetherington is charged with first-degree robbery and free on bond.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader,