A masked man wearing a gray wig, sunglasses and a cape attempted to rob the Freeway 76 Gas Station on Murray Road early Sunday morning, July 28.
Sheriff’s deputies received a call about the attempted robbery at about 4:45 a.m. and responded to the gas station.
The gas station clerk told deputies that he was in the refrigerator area when he heard the alarm bell which notifies him when someone enters the store. The clerk saw a male dressed in a gray wig. He was wearing a mask, sun glasses, big boots and a tan cape.
The suspect put a bag on the counter and was tapping the counter with a metallic object that was covered. The clerk believed the suspect was indicating he wanted the bag filled up with money.
The clerk asked the male suspect of he was serious or joking. The male did not speak, but kept tapping, indicating he wanted the bag filled with money. The clerk refused to fill the bag and the suspect walked away towards Murray Road.
Deputies checked the area and found the disguise hidden in the bushes of near the Hammond Trail by Murray Road. They also located a male hiding in the bushes nearby. The male told the deputies he saw their spotlight and got scared, so he hid in the bushes.
He identified himself as Roy Lynn Scoggins, 22 years old from Myers Flat. Scoggins denied attempting to rob the store. Deputies located brass knuckles in Scoggins’ possession. The clerk could not identify Scoggins as the suspect.
Scoggins was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of an illegal weapon. His bail was set at $50,000.