Police arrest man in post-Christmas Dollar General robbery

HUDSON — On the day after Christmas, authorities say, Ryan N. Koch walked into the Dollar General store at 10097 U.S. 19 and asked where the beer was.

Then he wanted to know where the pants were. When the clerk pointed out the pants section, Koch, 32, asked the clerk to come over to him.

According to authorities, he told her: "I am about to rob this m-----f----- and I have a gun in my pants. I will shoot you and everyone in this store if you don't give me the money."

The clerk emptied the cash drawer into a yellow store bag and handed it over, and Koch also took two cases of beer, according to the report from the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

Koch fled in a car parked out front, and witnesses called 911 and reported his license plate number, authorities say.

A store video camera captured the incident, which occurred just before 1:30 p.m.

Port Richey Police arrested Koch, who is unemployed, at his apartment on Bay Boulevard in Port Richey. Officers say they found crack cocaine in a small red bag.

As a deputy took Koch into custody in connection with the armed robbery, police say Koch made a spontaneous statement: "All this for crack cocaine. I just got the crack."

Koch has been charged with robbery and cocaine possession. He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail.

Jodie Tillman can be reached at jtillman@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6247.

Police arrest man in post-Christmas Dollar General robbery 12/28/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2009 1:39pm]

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