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Man tried to rob West Haven gas station customer

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Austin Spears. (West Haven police photo) Austin Spears. (West Haven police photo)
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A man was arrested for trying to rob a gas station customer early Sunday morning.

Police said 26-year-old Austin Spears of New Haven approached the customer at the Valero Gas Station on Main Street around 2 a.m.

The customer had been pumping fuel outside of the business at the time.

Police said Spears showed a knife and demanded money.

The customer, however, called to an employee who then called police.

That caused Spears to flee without getting anything.

Police said a K9 unit was dispatched to the area. It, along with help from neighbors, found Spears in the backyard of a home on Kelsey Avenue.

Spears was charged with criminal attempt/conspiracy to commit robbery.

He was held on bond.

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