Veteran Arrested for "Sad" Robbery
Updated: Tuesday, February 12 2013, 08:30 PM EST
COLUMBUS – Police say the man suspected of robbing a north side store employee as he was walking to his truck after his shift Sunday afternoon is an U.S. Army veteran and reservist.
Joshua Murray, 29, faced a judge for robbery Tuesday morning and had a bond set at $30,000. According to the court record, Murray approached Anthony Boyko, 62, in the Cook’s IGA parking lot with a pocket knife stating, “I am an addict and I have kids to feed.”
Boyko told ABC6/FOX28 that he was only carrying $10 so Murray tried to force him in his truck and drive him to an ATM. Boyko said he was able to run back into the store and call police while Murray drove off with his truck. Police spotted Boyko’s truck hours later in a parking lot where they arrested Murray after they say he tried to run.
Once caught, police say the veteran also told detectives he was sick and he needed help.. which almost caused Boyko to drop charges.
"I felt bad when they said he was sick and has cancer," Boyko said. "But like the detective said, what if does it to somebody else."
Murray’s attorney said he has three children. His family could not be reached for comment.
Reporter: Lisa Rantala
Web Producer: Kellie Hanna