Tahlequah Daily Press

January 30, 2013

Charges filed on man thwarted from robbery by customers

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a man who allegedly tried to rob a Dollar General store last week by pretending to have a weapon.

Charles Lee Henkel, 36, faces one felony count of attempted second-degree robbery.

Tahlequah Police Detective Chris Boals said Henkel went to the Dollar General store on Downing Street and insinuated he had a weapon, while demanding an employee hand over money.

The store employee refused to cooperate and evacuated customers from the building, according to Boals. Henkel allegedly tried breaking into the store’s cash registers, but was unsuccessful.

When Henkel left the store, he saw an employee outside and again demanded money, Boals said. Customers confronted Henkel, who fled from the store. Boals said customers followed Henkel until police arrived.

Boals said police did not find a weapon on Henkel.

Henkel was held on a $40,000 bond and has pleaded not guilty. He is set to appear in court Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. for a felony sounding docket.