Police search for man accused of stabbing clerk during gas station robbery

TheftDownstream Oil and Gas ActivitiesMurphy Oil Corporation

The Greenwood Police Department is searching for a man who they said stabbed a gas station employee during an armed robbery last Saturday.

Police said Ronald Victor Pecina, 22, is wanted for armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Officers responded to the Murphy Oil gas station, located in the 1200 block of N. Emerson Avenue, at approximately 10:53 p.m. on a report of an armed robbery with injury.

When authorities arrived, they found an employee who suffered a stab wound to her upper right arm.  The victim told police the suspect was a white male in his early 20’s, medium build with short, dark hair and long sideburns.  She said he was wearing a white hoodie-type sweatshirt with a plaid design on it.

The victim reported seeing the victim loitering around the gas station for three to four hours on the evening of Aug. 18.  She told police the suspect said he was waiting on a ride.

Shortly before 10:50 p.m., police said the suspect approached the employee from behind, grabbed her by the hair and held a knife to her side.  The employee stated the suspect forced her to empty the register and then continued to violently jerk her by the hair.  At some point during the incident, police said the suspect stabbed the victim in the arm.

The suspect fled the area on foot.  Detectives were immediately able to identify the suspect and the victim was also able to positively identify Pecina as the robber.  Police said Pecina is wanted on outstanding warrants from Johnson County for theft and criminal mischief.

Pecina should be considered armed and dangerous.  He was last known to be in the area of I-65 and Keystone Avenue. 

Anyone with information regarding Pecina’s whereabouts should contact Greenwood police at 317-881-2518.

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