Worthington man arrested for threatening gas station clerk with knife

Barrios Ortiz

WORTHINGTON — Authorities have arrested a Worthington teenager in connection to an aggravated robbery that occurred last week at a local gas station.

On Saturday, officers located Roman J. Barrios-Ortiz, 19, in the community. He was suspected to match the description of a man caught on security footage threatening a gas station clerk with a knife in order to steal money from the cash register. The Dec. 15 aggravated robbery of Bob and Steve's Holiday resulted in the theft of about $130 from the gas station and convenience store.

Barrios-Ortiz reportedly confirmed that he was the man depicted in the security camera footage. At the jail, Barrios-Ortiz said he'd been intoxicated at the time of the robbery and stole money because he needed a place to stay that night. He told the officer he used the money to purchase alcohol.

Barrios-Ortiz faces felony first-degree aggravated robbery and misdemeanor theft. The felony charge is punishable up to 20 years imprisonment, a $35,000 fine or both.

Barrios-Ortiz's conditional bail was scheduled at $30,000; his unconditional at $60,000.

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