Surveillance video shows man robbing store manager at knife-point

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A man was arrested Wednesday night, accused of pointing a knife at a gas station manager and running off with cash.

The store manager here at the One Stop gas station in Sherman on Grand Street says he recognized the suspect and thought it would be like any other interaction-- Until police say he pulled out a knife.

It was a normal shift for One Stop gas station manager Dipendra Guragain.

He said one of his regulars, Kenneth Lyons, walked in a little after 9:30 p.m.

"I said hello. I know him, he's my regular customer," Guragain said. "He went to grab a Coke, came to the counter and asked me for a cigarette."

Guragain began to ring Lyons up.

"He pulled out a bag and a knife and said give me all the money."

At first, the manager thought it was a joke.

"I said, 'are you joking?' And he said, 'no, give me all the money.'"

Guragin--shocked--forked over the money in his cash register.

"The clerk complied," said Sherman Police Sgt. Brett Mullen. "The suspect got $200 and fled the scene."

Sherman police found Lyons ten minutes later at the Old Settlers Park.

About a month ago, police say he called them, claiming he'd rob a store unless they arrested him.

"On Aug. 17 Lyons was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia," Mullen said. "At that time, he did make comments he was wanting to rob a store."

Guragain says he's worked at the store for six years, and this isn't the first time he's been held up.

He said he was held at gunpoint and the store robbed a few years ago.

Guragain said he's glad no one was hurt.

"It's crazy. I never seen anything before like that," Guragain said. "He came almost every day to buy cigarettes and drinks."

Lyons was booked in the Grayson County Jail for aggravated robbery and is being held on a $100,000 bond.



 
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