Suspect charged in robbery at West End Pit Stop

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

A 29-year-old Plato man has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery in the first degree after allegedly robbing the West End Pit Stop in New Prague by knifepoint on Wednesday, March 1.

If convicted, Jeremy Adam Radzevicius faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine. He is being held at the Scott County Jail on the robbery charge, as well as two probation violations. Bail has been set at $100,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the New Prague Police Department received a call at approximately 6:57 p.m. to respond to the West End Pit Stop, at 401 West Main Street. Officers were told by the clerk that the suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, with the hood up, with the sleeves of a green shirt or sweater tied over his face. The man displayed a knife and told the clerk to open the register and give him the money. When the clerk did opened the register the suspect reached into the register and took the paper bills. The man told the clerk to open the safe, but she said she didn’t know how. The suspect then put the money in the black sweatshirt and left riding a small bicycle, heading west.

Upon further questioning, the clerk described the suspect as being approximately five-foot, six-inches to five-foot, seven-inches tall, Caucasian, with a pale complexion around his eyes and of a slight build.

The clerk was not injured during the incident.

New Prague Police Officers began a search of the area with assistance from deputies of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and a K-9 Officer from the Jordan Police Department.

Officers found a small bicycle approximately one block west of the business, lying on the roadway. They later located and detained two men who were walking in the area. One was Radzevicius, who matched the physical description of the suspect and was wearing clothing similar to what the robber had on. The physical description and clothing also matched that of the suspect from the business’ surveillance video taken from the time of the robbery.

Two witnesses were interviewed in the case. Both had been at the New Prague residence where Radzevicius had been. According to the criminal complaint, one said Radzevicius left the residence for approximately 15 minutes. He didn’t say where he was going, but when he returned he was acing differently. He was quieter and said he needed a ride and quickly. The second witness, the complaint stated, said he overheard Radzevicius say he needed money and something to the effect that he was going to rob a liquor store.

The cooperation from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office to apprehend him that evening was great. It would have been more difficult for us to work the case effectively

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