The robber came into the Get to Go gas station wearing all black clothing and a blue bandanna over his face.
As he worked the action on his semi-automatic handgun, a bullet was ejected and left at the store. Then he demanded money, which the clerk turned over to him, according to court documents.
On Thursday, Curtis J. Redfield, 25, of the 1300 block of Spring Street, was charged in the robbery about 1:30 a.m. Monday. Redfield is being held at Allen County Jail in lieu of $11,500 bail, a jail spokesman said.
After Redfield was handed the entire cash drawer, with an estimated $400 to $500, he fled east toward a McDonald's close to the gas station in the 3100 block of Coliseum Boulevard West.
Officers recovered the 9 mm round from the store and, with the aid of police dogs, tracked Redfield to the Travel Inn. They found Redfield hiding inside a fenced dumpster area. The gun was retrieved a short time later, about 5 to 8 feet from where Redfield was hiding, according to court documents.
Redfield had a blue bandanna in his back pocket and $492 in cash.
The gun, manufactured to hold seven rounds, had five rounds in the magazine and one round chambered.
The Ruger LC9 pistol was traced and found to be stolen from someone at a local IHOP in March, court documents said.
Redfield was charged with armed robbery and misdemeanor charges for carrying a handgun without a license and unlawful possession of a firearm by a domestic batterer.