Suspect caught in armed robbery

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A Dawsonville man was arrested Sept. 18 for armed robbery and aggravated assault at a local gas station.

Rigoberto Arcos Catalan, 42, reportedly entered the Sunoco Gas Station off Browns Bridge Road around 8:30 p.m., Sept. 15 and started talking to an employee. The employee said he was a regular customer, and she gave him $10 to go to the Dollar General Store to buy mouse traps.

After he came back, she said he set up the traps and showed him a back room to put one out when he then reportedly pulled a knife out of his pocked and grabbed her. The two began to fight and she said he held the knife to her neck and told her to give him all the money or he’d kill her.

As they continued to struggle, she was able to push the knife away from her head and get some distance between them.

But he grabbed her and walked her to the cash register. He said he needed $42,000 because he had cancer and was not able to pay his hospital bill. He attempted to open the lock with his knife.

During this time, the employee was able to push the panic button alarm. The robber asked if she contacted the police and continued threatening her.

She told him she was scared and convinced him to sit down and she would get the cash.

After a few minutes, he returned to the counter and she told him to go outside and she would slip the cash under the door.

Once he went outside, she locked the door and he fled the scene.

He was arrested at his home in Dawsonville a few days later without incident.

Catalan is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center.


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