Gas station robbed; suspects found hiding downtown

Police officers and canines searched downtown Franklin after a gas station was robbed Friday morning, and found two suspects hiding.

One suspect was found hiding under an RV at the intersection of Main and Wayne streets shortly after the Admiral station on Jefferson Street was robbed at gunpoint.

The other suspect was found hiding near Young’s Creek behind Franklin Auction, Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan said.

Both are suspected of robbing the gas station at gunpoint, O’Sullivan said.

After the arrests, police continued to search for the cash and the gun that was used, and eventually found it. Officers were searching in bushes and shrubbery along downtown buildings and on top of the RV.

The robbery was reported at 9:46 a.m. at the Admiral gas station, located at 237 W. Jefferson St. That gas station has been robbed multiple times in the past, with the most recent robbery reported in September.

Two men came into the gas station, demanded money at gunpoint and then ran, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department. No one was injured in the robbery.

Police officers were nearby, and multiple officers were at the scene within minutes and began a search.

Dashawn Ward, 20, of New Whiteland, was arrested on a charge of robbery and two counts of pointing a firearm.

Robert Riley Jr., 24, of Greenwood, was arrested on a charge of robbery.

They were taken to the Johnson County jail.