Shelton police have arrested a man accused of holding up a gas station at gunpoint on Friday morning and running off without cash when customers arrived.
Police responded to the Buck Stop Citgo, at 429 Shelton Ave., at 7:30 a.m. on Friday to investigate what was reported as an armed robbery and they have arrested Joshua Zarembski, 24, of Shelton.
The store owner said a man, later identified as Zarembski, entered his store, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.
As police investigated, they developed more information, including that the robber was wearing a Yankees sweatshirt and white gloves and pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at the owner, chambered a round and demanded money, police said.
When customers walked into the store, the armed man ran off without getting any money, police said.
The owner of the store called 911 while watching the man run toward the Aspetuck Village Condominiums, which are across the street.
Police checked that out and found Zarembski, who matched the robber’s description. He was smoking a cigarette on the porch of 119 Hunters Creek in Aspetuck Village and police said they found the gun used during the robbery. It had been stolen, they said.
Zarembski was charged with criminal attempt robbery, criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.
He was held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Derby Superior Court.