SHINGLETON - Two Alger County teens were expected to be arraigned in district court today after being arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to rob the Oasis Gas Station in Shingleton.
Michigan State Police said they were called to the gas station on M-28 at about 4:10 a.m. Sunday on a report of a breaking and entering in progress.
Police said two subjects wearing ski masks broke into the gas station and went to the cash register but apparently didn't know Shawn Schank, the owner of the gas station, was in the building at the time. Police said Schank, who is an Iraq war veteran, found the masked suspects behind the cashier's counter at the cash register.
Troopers said Schank ran toward the subjects and kicked one, causing him to fall to the floor. Police said Schank then got an AR-15 assault rifle from his office and ordered the masked men to leave his business.
Police said one of the suspects pulled off his mask and pleaded with Schank not to shoot him. The suspects fled and Schank called 911 to report the incident. Police said Schank was able to identify the subject who removed his mask.
Police said they located and arrested the subject. Further investigation identified the second suspect, who was also found and arrested. The 17-year-old Shingleton resident and an 18-year-old Munising resident were arrested for breaking and entering and lodged in the Alger County Jail.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.