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Thursday, September 28, 2023

A Gainesville man was arrested Friday night after police reported he robbed a gas station with a tree branch.

According to a Gainesville Police Department report, a man walked into the Exxon gas station at 1720 S. Main St. with a tree branch hidden under his shirt.

The man told the two people in the store he had a gun and asked for the money in the cash register, the report stated.

Officers responded to a call from the gas station and surrounded the area, where they found a man who fit the description they were given, GPD spokeswoman Summer Hallett said.

Tony Williams, 40, was arrested on a charge of armed robbery with a weapon other than a firearm, the report stated.

Williams told police he had robbed the gas station, and the money was found in his possession, the report stated.

Hallett said armed robbery charges are still possible even if no gun was actually involved.

"If a person has reason to believe they are being robbed with a firearm, it is still considered a form of armed robbery," Hallett said.

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