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Police arrest suspects in Moscow armed robbery

MOSCOW, Idaho - The two male suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a convenience store early Saturday morning in Moscow are in custody.

Moscow Police Chief David Duke says 18-year-old Bailey Westgate of Moscow and a 17-year-old juvenile from Genesee were arrested and charged with robbery with a weapons enhancement. Westgate, who was arrested in Spokane, has also been charged with three counts of aggravated assault, and additional charges against both may be filed, Duke says. The juvenile was arrested in Moscow after he had appeared in court for another matter.

The pair allegedly entered the Stinker Station in the 1000 block of West Pullman Road at 3:54 a.m. Saturday morning, brandished handguns, and demanded the money from the till. Duke says it turns out that the guns were actually airsoft pistols.

"One of the suspects pointed a handgun at two customers inside the store and demanded them to put their cell phones on the counter and covered them while the clerk put cash from the till in a brown paper bag. Both suspects left the store on foot in a north direction after being handed the bag of cash and a carton of Marlboro cigarettes by the clerk," according to a previous press release release.

Duke says Westgate told investigators that he took part in the robbery "to have gas money to visit his girlfriend in Spokane."

There were no injuries in the incident.

This comes from Mia Carlson at Big Country News Connection.