A Stillwater teen was arrested after attempting to rob a fast-food restaurant and moments later robbing a gas station at gunpoint, police said.
Evan Bayouth, 19, was arrested Monday.
Stillwater police said at 8:16 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Del Taco location on Perkins Road after an employee saw Bayouth enter the store with a pistol.
Employees fled the store on foot once discovering Bayouth with the firearm.
“When officers get there, they learn that an individual came in wearing a mask and some identifying clothes brandished a firearm while in the business,” said Lt. Kyle Bruce of the Stillwater Police Department.
The suspect entered the store wearing dark shorts, a striped shirt, a camouflage mask and camouflage-colored crocs.
Police said Bayouth didn’t speak but got ‘spooked’ and left the store.
“He went in apparently with the intentions of robbing it, but he didn’t follow through with it,” said Bruce. “It took him about 5 or 10 minutes to build up his courage to go to the next store and succeed with his robbery.”
Moments later, officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at Kum N Go less than a mile up the road.
The suspect got away with merchandise and cash from Kum N Go.
“He built his courage up and while he was there, he was able to get some money from the clerk and also some items from the counter area by the clerk,” said Bruce.
Police said the suspect’s descriptions matched both robberies.
Based on Bayouth’s unique clothing, police said they were able to locate him in a nearby shopping mall parking lot.
Police reminded the public Oklahoma is a open carry state.
“Fortunately, a lot of citizens who are allowed to carry firearms in Oklahoma do carry firearms,” said Bruce. “When an opportunity presents itself and they believe somebody could be in danger, there is nothing to say that they are not going to take appropriate action that they deem necessary to save a person’s life,” he said.
Bayouth remains behind bars at the Payne County jail.
A judge set Bayouth’s bond at $30,000.