3 arrested after armed robbery at Fairbanks store

Zaz Hollander

Three men suspected of playing a role in an armed robbery at a Fairbanks convenience store were arrested early Monday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks police.

Troopers arrested Brandon Roberts, 19, and Marcus Howard and Matthew Houger, both 18, according to an online release posted Monday.

The robbery took place at the Sourdough Fuel store on Farmers Loop Road, just outside Fairbanks city limits. The store is operated by Petro Star Inc., a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp.

A store employee called 911 at 10:05 p.m. Sunday to report two men with semiautomatic pistols had just robbed the store, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. Fairbanks police stopped a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the robbery at 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Airport and Gillam ways, Fairbanks police Sgt. Kurt Lockwood said.

Troopers arrived and arrested the men just after midnight.

"Most, if not all, that was stolen was locaated in the vehicle," Peters said in an email.

A female companion of the trio was in the vehicle when troopers stopped it but she was not arrested, Peters said.

There were two male employees working at the time of the robbery, said ASRC spokesman Ty Hardt.

Employees cooperated with the suspected robbers, who took an undisclosed amount of cash as well as merchandise, Hardt said. Surveillance video has been turned over to troopers.

The store was closed Monday, he said.

Troopers didn't say which of the three men arrested were involved in the robbery and what role the third man played. Charges listed in the case were first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and conspiracy.

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