Valero, Waffle House robbery suspect proclaims innocence

By Will Sanders

February 11, 2014

By Will E Sanders


TROY — A Troy teen accused of using a gun and wearing a mask to rob a gas station and a 24-hour restaurant entered pleas of not guilty at his arraignment in common pleas court Monday.

Austin T. Abdon, 18, entered the pleas to two counts of aggravated robbery after a Miami County grand jury indicted the teenager on the two first-degree felonies earlier this year.

Originally, Abdon was charged in juvenile court but it was later decided to try the teen as an adult.

In addition to the aggravated robbery charges, which each carry the possible maximum sentence of a decade in prison each, Abdon also faces two three-year firearm specifications since his alleged crimes were committed with a firearm.

Abdon is scheduled for a pretrial hearing later this month and remains behind bars on a $200,000 bond.

Authorities allege Abdon wore a mask and used a gun to commit the Sept. 21 and 23 robberies of both the Valero gas station, 322 W. Market St., Troy, and the Waffle House, 1290 Archer Drive, Troy, and then fled from the scenes on a bicycle and on foot, according to police reports.

Police found a bicycle in a wooded area not that far from Waffle House and Valero, both of which are within a mile of one another, in addition to other evidence that linked Abdon to the robberies.

The Valero gas station was robbed twice in September, but Abdon has only been charged with committing one.

Abdon allegedly made off with $400 from the gas station and an undisclosed amount of money from Waffle House.

Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.