UPDATE: Rite-Aid suspect arrested

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested the man it believes threatened a Rite-Aid employee with a gun.

Officials say just before 3 p.m. Tuesday 26-year-old Benjamin Gamil Awad walked into the Rite-Aid on 12th Street and approached an employee about a job application.

He then allegedly pulled out a handgun and threatened the employee. Police say as the employee tried to run, the suspect pushed him and in doing so, dropped the gun. He then ran out of the store.

As officers searched for him, a 911 call came in about a suicidal person near 17th Street and White Avenue. That's when they found a car matching the description of a vehicle seen in the Rite-Aid parking lot.

Investigators say the employee was able to identify clothing inside the car as the same clothing the suspect was wearing.

Awad was arrested on charges of felony menacing, carrying a concealed weapon and prohibited use of a firearm.

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