Two arrested in connection with recent gas station robberies

Investigators with the Lexington Police Department have charged two men in connection with gas station robberies that occurred on January 8th and 9th. Carlos Aranda-Gaspar, 19, was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of Robbery 1st.  Additionally a 17-year-old male was also charged with two counts of Robbery 1st, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, and Minor in Possession of a Handgun.Carlos Aranda-Gaspar

Around 10:32 p.m. Monday, January 8, officers responded to the Marathon gas station located at 2034 Garden Springs Drive in response to a Robbery. The clerk told officers that the suspect entered the business armed with a handgun and attempted to locate the store clerk. The clerk and a second female were in the parking lot and called 911. The suspect exited the store approached the two victims and demanded personal items from both. The suspect struck the clerk and pushed the second female down and kicked her. The suspect then fled the scene with the two victim’s phones.

At 3:24 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, officers were dispatched to 831 Lane Allen Road in reference to a robbery at the Valero gas station. The clerk advised a male subject entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect then fled through the door and ran to the rear of the parking lot and fled the scene in a passenger car.

Through the course of the investigation based on evidence and witness statements, detectives from the Robbery/Homicide unit along with the assistance of detectives from the Violent Crimes section and officers from the C.L.E.A.R Unit were able to locate and charge Aranda-Gaspar and the male juvenile with the robberies.

Aranda-Gaspar is currently lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.  The male juvenile is currently lodged at the Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center.