By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man previously convicted of robbery could spend up to life in prison after being charged with the armed heist of a Yukon-area convenience store.
Charles Anthony Fron, 33, was charged Dec. 9, 2021, with robbery with a weapon in Canadian County District Court.
The felony charge stems from a Nov. 28, 2021, robbery at Casey’s General Store, 141 N Mustang Road. Oklahoma City Police investigated the incident in which Fron reportedly made off with about $400.
Assistant District Attorney Justin Kemp alleges Fron took money that belonged to the convenience store and was in the possession of two employees “without their consent and against their will by force and fear through the use of a knife.”
Oklahoma City police officers were dispatched at 12:25 p.m. Nov. 28 to the Casey’s store on a reported armed robbery. The victims’ accounts were summarized in a police report signed by officer Brady Hatch.
Once there were no customers in the store, a male suspect – later identified as Fron – asked one employee for some cigarettes or cigars.
While this employee turned around to grab them, the suspect allegedly walked into the backroom where the second employee was. He pulled a knife out of his right pocket, holding it down to his side.
The suspect told the employees that “he wanted all of the money out of both of the registers,” according to the police report.
So, they grabbed the cash from the registers and handed it to him.
The suspect did not take either employees’ personal belongings but walked both victims into a back hallway behind the registers and “told them not to move,” according to the report.
FLED ON FOOT
The suspect fled northbound on foot. He had pushed the interior metal handle of the front door, so officer Hatch later collected DNA swabs for analysis.
Surveillance video footage of the armed robbery corroborated the victims’ story. It also showed the suspect grabbing a pack of cigarettes or cigars that were on the counter.
The felony crime of robbery with a weapon is punishable by not less than five years in prison.
However, Fron faces 10 years to life in prison because of his prior felony conviction.
The defendant was convicted of aggravated robbery on Feb. 11, 2015, in Sedgwick County, Kan. District Court. He was on parole when last November’s armed robbery occurred.
After being arrested, Fron was booked Dec. 1 into the Canadian County Jail in El Reno.
A preliminary hearing conference is set Jan. 21 before Canadian County Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar.
The defendant is represented by public defenders J.P. Hill and Sammy Duncan.