Police: Would-be robber wore bandanna and pulled BB gun

A man who allegedly walked into a convenience store with a bandanna tied around his face and brandished a BB gun pistol early Thursday morning is facing charges of aggravated robbery and felony menacing.

Christopher Cunningham, 21, was taken into custody by Grand Junction police after they responded to the Bradley Sinclair at 2903 North Ave. around midnight in response to the report that someone had pulled a gun in the store before fleeing the scene.

According to Cunningham’s arrest affidavit, witnesses told police that Cunningham walked into the store with a black bandanna covering his face, and removed it as he approached the register. He asked to buy cigarettes, and the clerk asked for his identification, which he said he didn’t have. After the clerk told him he couldn’t sell him the cigarettes without an ID, Cunningham allegedly reached his hand into his waistband and grabbed what others believed to be a pistol.

The clerk “asked the male to show him both his hands thinking he was going to get robbed,” according to the affidavit, and Cunningham refused to do so. After the clerk told him to leave the store or he would call the police, Cunningham walked toward the door, pulled the pistol from his waistband and racked the slide as he walked out.

After police checked the area, they found Cunningham.

He matched the description three employees provided and he was arrested.

Cunningham allegedly admitted to police that he went to the gas station intending to rob it with a BB pistol, though he “changed his mind because he did not want to go back to jail,” the affidavit said.

Cunningham appeared in front of Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson on Thursday, where his counsel asked for a personal-recognizance bond, stating he intended to move in with his grandma to “stay out of trouble” and work as a landscaper. Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand called Cunningham a “significant risk to the community” and mentioned he has a pending misdemeanor case and also has a juvenile record. Henderson set a $5,000 cash-only bond for Cunningham, citing his concerns about the severity of the charges.


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