Evansville police: Robber chooses wrong victim, gets clubbed at gas station

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Evansville police say a 50-year-old Indiana man has been arrested after he attempted to rob a gas station customer.

Police say James Worthington pulled up to a gas station on a bike early Tuesday morning. They say he approached James Shelton as he was pumping gas and demanded money.

Shelton says Worthington pointed a gun at him when he initially denied he had money. Then Shelton told Worthington he had $20 in his truck.

Shelton instead grabbed a club and fought off the would-be robber.

Police say they located Worthington and chased him down after he attempted to flee. Officers say they saw him toss a gun as he ran and it turned out to be a BB gun.

Worthington is charged with attempted robbery, pointing a handgun and resisting law enforcement.

The Vanderburgh County Jail didn't know if Worthington had an attorney.

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