Largo gas station worker locks self in freezer during robbery, seeks help on Facebook

Largo police responded to a silent alarm at the Speedway located at 2698 Roosevelt Blvd. at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday.

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) –  A Largo gas station worker had a horrible first day on the job when the gas station he worked at was robbed and he had to lock himself in the freezer to stay safe. He then sought help by posting about it on Facebook.

Largo police tell News Channel 8 they responded to a silent alarm at the Speedway located at 2698 Roosevelt Blvd. at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they spotted a man with a knife inside the store. However, they didn’t see any employees at the 24-hour gas station.

At the same time, John Havel received a phone call from his brother, Alex, who recently started working at Speedway.

“I wonder why my brother is calling me at 1:30 in the morning and a monotone voice tells me ‘there’s been a robbery, we’re being robbed.’ I get up and I’m pacing around the room. ‘Have you already called the cops? Why are you talking to me right now?’,” Havel told News Channel 8.

Havel says his brother was hiding in the freezer. And, he says, before he called his brother, he posted about the ordeal on Facebook, prompting other family members to be alerted to what was going on.

Largo police immediately surrounded the gas station with on-duty patrol units and a police tactical team. The robber was unaware of their presence, and continued to load a cart full of merchandise.

After one hour, the robber left the gas station through the front door with the stolen items and was confronted by officers.

The man attempted to run back inside the store, but was apprehended by Largo Police K9 Fritz. The suspect was then arrested.

The robbery suspect was identified as Geoffrey Chad Davis, 31. He has minor injuries, according to Largo police. The employees were unharmed.

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