A surveillance tape catches a robber killing a store clerk in Ohio.
In late November 1994, just after 2:00 A.M., police responded to a silent alarm at the Duke and Duchess convenience store in Brimfield, Ohio. Three minutes later, police arrived on the scene. They saw a man emerging from the store, but he was an innocent bystander who had found the store unattended.
In a back room, police found the body of the store clerk, 23-year-old Brian Foguth. He had been shot to death. Brian was not even scheduled to work that night. He was a last minute replacement for another employee.
Brian Foguth’s murder enraged the community. Finding his killer depends on a surveillance tape recorded during the crime. The tape shows the masked man entering the store at 2:02 A.M. and forcing Brian at gun point into a back office. Chief Robert Burgess of the Brimfield Township Police Department:
At 2:03 A.M., the robber can be seen crouched behind the counter. At gunpoint, Brian empties the cash register. It is during this time that Brian triggers the silent alarm.
At 2:04, the customer pulls up to the gas pump, automatically activating a beeper inside the office. Police believe that to the gunman, it may have sounded like an alarm. Chief Burgess suspects that the robber panicked and pushed Brian onto the floor of the backroom. As they scuffled over the gun, Brian was killed instantly by a single bullet. It happened just three minutes after the robber entered the store. According to Chief Burgess, the customer was just a few feet away when the killing occurred:
Police believe the killer was a white male, age 18 to 30, 5’9” in height. The suspect may have had head or facial injuries around that time, a result of his struggle with Brian.
In addition, police observed what appears to be a hump on the robber’s back. It may be a physical characteristic or perhaps a concealed ponytail.