NEW PORT RICHEY — It was 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when Danny Foster, a clerk at the 7-Eleven on Ridge Road, walked into the convenience store — and into the middle of a robbery.
One of the robbers had just cleaned out the cash register while holding another clerk at gunpoint, authorities said. A second robber knocked Foster, 61, to the ground so he and his accomplice could escape.
Foster hit his head on the door, then on the concrete outside, and was rendered unconscious. He remained in "very critical condition" Tuesday afternoon at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. "It is currently unknown if he will survive," the report said.
Both robbers fled on foot from the 7-Eleven at 9039 Ridge Road, near Bass Lake Drive. Deputies swarmed the area and a police dog located two suspects nearby: Russell David Lane, 30, and Adam Luke Moyer, 17, both of New Port Richey. Moyer was sweating, the report noted, even though it was only 60 degrees outside.
Lane told deputies he and Moyer hatched the plan for a robbery because Moyer needed money. He said Moyer armed himself with a hammer and threatened the clerk at the register with it.
That clerk, 37-year-old Thomas Kent, told deputies the weapon was a shotgun.
As Moyer was emptying the register, the other clerk, Foster, walked into the store. Lane told deputies he pushed Foster down so he and Moyer could run away.
Authorities said Lane and Moyer both have extensive criminal histories. Both were charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated assault. Lane remained Tuesday evening without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail. Moyer was taken to the juvenile assessment center.