An Olympia man was arrested after he allegedly demanded money and threatened to throw a woman in a gas station ice box.
Olympia police arrested Casey Jay Arbogast, 51, on July 29 after a reported attempted robbery at the Safeway gas station on Harrison Avenue NW.
The reporting party told police that she parked at the gas station to buy a bag of ice from an ice box just outside the store.
As she was leaning into the ice box to grab a bag, a man, later identified as Arbogast, came up behind her and demanded she give him 25 cents, the woman said.
She ignored him but the suspect repeated his demand several more times, she said, adding that Arbogast also stated, “Do you want me to push you in there? Give me 25 cents.”
The woman said she became afraid that Arbogast would carry out his threat. Another customer then pulled up to the gas station, distracting the suspect.
An employee came out of the store and told Arbogast to go away. The woman got back into her car and called 911.
The woman’s daughter told police that she saw what happened from the passenger seat of their car. She recalled seeing Arbogast approach her mother and demand money several times, but said she couldn’t hear too well because the windows were up.
A Safeway employee said he was familiar with Arbogast and described him as shirtless when he left the station along with several other people aboard a white sedan.
Police located the suspect in a nearby apartment complex. Arbogast admitted to being at Safeway and asking people for money, but did not admit to threatening the woman.
The reporting party positively identified Arbogast as the man who threatened her.
Arbogast was booked into the Thurston County Jail for second-degree robbery.
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