Man arrested following robbery at gas station

Published 7:10 pm Sunday, July 20, 2014


SOUTH POINT — A 22-year-old man was arrested Saturday after admitting he robbed a gas station at gunpoint.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery call at the Marathon Gas Station at about 6:40 p.m. Saturday on County Road 450 in South Point.

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The suspect, Mathew McFarland, residing at the Grandview Inn in South Point, allegedly pulled a gun on the cashier and demanded money. He allegedly grabbed the register, knocking it to the floor and grabbing an undetermined amount of cash.

Upon a search of the area, deputies saw a man matching the suspect’s description but wearing different clothes walking along County Road 1.

Clothes matching those described by the gas station clerk were found in the woods nearby and the suspect allegedly confessed to robbing the store.

McFarland surrendered the cash to deputies and claimed he used a toy plastic gun in the holdup, although no gun was found on the suspect or where he claimed to have left it.

McFarland was charged with armed robbery and taken to the county jail and will be arraigned in Lawrence County Municipal Court on Monday. The case is still under investigation and additional charges could be added.

“I want to commend by deputies,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said in a press release. “Their quick actions and attentiveness has resulted in a quick arrest in the robbery and another robbery at Subway just several days ago.”