FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A 21-year-old man used a cattle prod to rob a Fort Pierce gas station in order to get money to see his son, city police said.
Middleton Henderson walked into a Citgo gas station at about 10:19 a.m. in the 4100 block of Okeechobee Road and asked the victim for a bathroom key, police said. When he was told that the bathroom was out of order, Henderson left the store and loitered outside for an extended time.
He then walked back into the store with a cattle prod in his hand and shocked the victim with it, police said. He then jumped over the counter and took money from a drawer before punching and kicking the victim.
Henderson left the prod on the floor as he left the store, and the victim, who had injuries to his eyes, hands and body, called police.
Shortly after the incident, an officer spotted a man matching Henderson’s description inside an abandoned house in the 2300 block of South 29th Street.
Henderson was taken into custody shortly thereafter, and police found a large sum on money in his right back pocket, police said.
After being read his rights, Henderson agreed to speak to police.
When asked why he was arrested, Henderson said, “Armed robbery, I’m guessing,” according to an arrest report.
He then said that he hadn’t seen his son in weeks and thought that if he could get some money then he would be able to see him, the report said. Henderson went on to say that he recently lost his house, car and job and had been homeless.
Henderson told police that he waited a while before going inside the store with the cattle prod and that his plan was to shock the clerk and stun him — leaving him with enough time to grab the money and go, the report said.
Things didn’t go Henderson’s way when the clerk fought back, according to the report, and that’s what caused Henderson to take the money and run.
Henderson was arrested on charges of robbery with a weapon and aggravated battery causing bodily harm.
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