ELKHART — An Elkhart man faces an armed robbery charge after allegedly robbing a gas station at gunpoint.
Travion Qualls, 22, was arrested Sunday about half an hour after a South Nappanee Street gas station was reportedly robbed. He was charged with armed robbery, a Level 3 felony, as well as possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 6 felony, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
He was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bond. His initial court hearing was scheduled for Thursday.
His charges together carry a maximum punishment of about 19 years in prison.
According to court documents:
A clerk at the 7-Eleven at 1412 S. Nappanee St. reported the robbery shortly after 5 a.m. An Elkhart police patrolman spoke with both the clerk and a security guard who arrived during the robbery and who saw the suspect flee.
The clerk said he was crouched down behind the counter when someone came in the store, and when he stood up he saw the man approaching wearing a red mask and holding a black and silver gun. The security guard arrived in time to see the robber pointing his gun at the clerk, but the guard fled across the street after the robber told him he should leave.
The robber took cash from both registers and fled on foot. The guard said he watched the man from across the road and followed him as he got into a blue Pontiac G6 and drove away.
The guard followed the Pontiac until it turned east somewhere south of Indiana Avenue.
Police got an image of the suspect from security footage at the gas station. They also found several $1 bills and one $10 in the parking lot that the robber apparently dropped while running.
Shortly before 5:30 a.m., on Indiana Avenue, another officer saw a vehicle pull out in front of him that he recognized as a Pontiac G6 from its headlights and tail lights. He stopped the vehicle for not having a rear license plate light.
Qualls, who was driving, was ordered out of the vehicle and was arrested. He was wearing clothing similar in appearance to the suspect in the video, while a similar hat and a red T-shirt were found in his vehicle.
Police also found $95 in small bills in his pockets and some marijuana and an MDMA pill in his car.
He allegedly admitted to the robbery during an interview at the police station. He also told police where he threw the gun as he fled.
Officers searched the area and found a chrome-plated semi-automatic handgun. There appeared to be a live round in the chamber and an ammo magazine was in the gun.