Robbery witness feared gunfire

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Wendell Faircloth talks Tuesday about a robbery early that morning at the Bradley Sinclair convenience store, 233 North Ave., Grand Junction. The robber seemed startled to have the store to himself when Faircloth and the clerk fled, but also seemed ready to use his handgun, Faircloth recounted.

A witness to an early Tuesday morning armed robbery at a Grand Junction convenience store said he was certain gunfire would have broken out had he and the clerk not fled.

Wendell Faircloth, who sells handmade crosses of juniper wood, said he was filling his bicycle tire about 2 a.m. at the Bradley Sinclair gas station, 233 North Ave., when he saw a man wearing dark pants and a hoodie near the store.

He met the clerk inside the store and was warning him to beware of the man with the hoodie when the man burst into the store, waving a handgun and screaming.

He couldn’t make out the words, but it was clear that the man in the hoodie was demanding money, Faircloth said.

He and the clerk were standing on the customer side of the cash register when the robber burst in, so they had an avenue of escape, Faircloth said.

“I wheeled and took one step, grabbed the door and ran out,” Faircloth said. The clerk was right behind him.

“We let the robber have the store,” he said.

The robber was described as white, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches, with a slender build, wearing a cloth mask. He seemed startled that he had the store to himself, but eventually worked to pry open the cash register, Faircloth said.

He had no doubt the robber intended to use his gun, and had he and the clerk not escaped, “it would not have been a good ending,” Faircloth said.

He never saw the robber’s face. Police said that a search of the area with a dog turned up no results.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send information at or text to 274637 with the word Tip729 in the message.


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