A teenager tried twice to rob the Bessemer store: the clerk locked him in the first time, locked him in on the second attempt

A teenage robbery suspect is behind bars after a Bessemer store worker twice foiled separate heists, the first time by locking him out of the store and the second time by locking him inside from the store, police said.

In the most recent attempt, according to police, the 18-year-old tried to force his way out of the store, but to no avail. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The first attempted robbery took place on November 10 at the Rainbow Quick Stop on Hall Avenue in Bessemer.

Bessemer Police Lt. Christian Clemons said it was around 7:15 p.m. that Wednesday when a customer spotted a man crossing the street, wearing a mask and carrying a gun.

The store clerk locked the door before the suspect could enter. He knocked on the door several times, then left empty-handed.

Then, around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Clemons said, the same teenager returned to the same store.

He walked into the business brandishing a gun and demanded money from the same cashier who locked him out of the store two weeks ago.

When the cashier refused to open the register, police say the suspect seized tobacco products but did not get far. The cashier was able to lock him inside the store and notify the police

As police were on the way, Clemons said, the teenager fired two shots at the door but was unable to open the door.

When the police arrived, the clerk unlocked the door and officers took the teenager into custody without further incident. He was still in possession of the gun and the stolen cigars.

On Wednesday, police charged Janarius Horn, of Bessemer, with two counts of first-degree theft and one count of receiving stolen property. This latest charge is because police say he was armed with a stolen weapon.

Horn will be incarcerated in Jefferson County Jail with cash bonds totaling $250,000.