Brave witness alerts Lorain police to armed robbery; suspect arrested as he walks out of store

Taru B. Smith (Photo courtesy: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)

LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio – Lorain County law enforcement was waiting for an armed robbery suspect when he walked out of a gas station Monday.

That’s because someone who was a witness to the crime stayed in the store and called 911.

The call went out around 3:15 a.m.

The caller told dispatch a masked man came inside the store and told the clerk to fill a bag with money from the register.

When the man walked out, Lorain police officers and deputies were there.

Taru B. Smith, 19, is charged with aggravated robbery and carrying concealed weapons.

Police say he had a .22 caliber handgun in his pocket along with cash and cigars stolen from the store.