Double-robbery suspect caught wearing same clothes from prior investigation
Sioux Falls police say they arrested the man accused of robbing two gas stations because he was wearing the same clothes from his last run-in with officers.
Sioux Falls police arrested Russell Hodgkiss, 19, of Sioux Falls for two counts of 1st Degree Robbery and one count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Police say through an investigation a suspect was developed and Hodgkiss was arrested at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Officer Sam Clemens said last Saturday police investigated Hodgkiss for a shoplifting incident at Dollar General on West 41st Street. However, there was not enough evidence to prove he had shoplifted.
After the robberies on Tuesday morning, the officer who made contact with Hodgkiss on Saturday night recognized the suspect from the surveillance video from her patrol car. Clemens said the officer easily identified Hodgkiss because he was wearing the exact same clothing in all the surveillance videos.
Clemens said a search warrant was issued for Hodgkiss' residence, DNA and fingerprints. During the investigation police also found keys to a stolen 2003 Dodge Caravan in Hodgkiss' pants pocket.
Hodgkiss appeared in court on Friday-- his bond was set at $100,000.
Hodgkiss is accused of robbing the Get N Go at 2217 East 10th Street and the Super America at 2911 West 41st Street. Officer Sam Clemens said at the Super America incident the suspect approached the 64-year-old woman behind the counter, held a gun to her face and demanded cash. However, the woman refused and the suspect walked away with a donation jar instead. No one was hurt in both robberies.
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