A suspect in two armed robberies of a Clinton gas station was discovered in a car parked near the business last night, according to a press release from the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
Just after 10 p.m., Langley Police Officer Mason Shoudy was driving on Langley Road behind Naomi’s Mobil and saw a vehicle with no lights on parked on a dirt access road that accesses the parking lot. Shoudy approached the vehicle on foot and recognized it as being associated with a “person of interest” in the robberies. The driver was identified as 24-year-old Jonathan “Lexi” Zupan, the sheriff’s office reported,
Shoudy noted that Zupan closely resembled the suspect seen in the surveillance video from the robberies; she was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt that matched the one the suspect wore, according to the press release.
Officers looked inside the car and saw a black jacket and a handgun, which was partially obscured under the front seat. Both appeared to be the same as the ones seen in the surveillance video from the robberies, the press release states.
Officers took the car into evidence and requested a search warrant to look inside. Zupan is scheduled to be in court this afternoon.
Investigators believe the armed robber struck the gas station twice, once on Halloween night and then on Nov. 12. In both cases, a person in a puffy coat and sunglasses brandished a long-barreled revolver and demanded money from the clerk, the sheriff’s office reported.