Incline Village store worker prevents possible armed robbery

Authorities arrested a suspect Monday afternoon in Incline Village.
Miranda Jacobson/Tahoe Daily Tribune

INCLINE VILLAGE – Quick and decisive actions by a store clerk may have prevented a robbery and possibly more on Monday afternoon at Incline Village.

Lady Luck Skate and Smoke Shop cashier, and father, Gabriel Jeno was on shift when a man entered the building which immediately raised red flags for Jeno.

“He was covered in black from head to toe,” Jeno told the Tribune. “He had his hood on with a baseball cap on, his hair covered his face and he had a mask on, and there was a glassy look in his eyes.”

After deciding to give the client the benefit of the doubt and begin providing service, Jeno noticed the suspect had what he described as an extended magazine pistol clip hanging in his right pocket.

Jeno said when the suspect reached out to pull something out of his backpack he was carrying, he realized he could be in danger and left the store.

“With quick thought, I offered him a drink and patted him on the shoulder and said, ‘Hey, do you need anything from the store?’ He said ‘no’ and I walked past him like he was none the wiser, locked the door behind me and left,” Jeno said.

Jeno drove to a nearby store and called the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Moments later, authorities arrived at the scene in force, including officers from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol.

“They were so fast. It was amazing,” Jeno said. “I was out of danger and immediately informed the deputies as soon as they were there.”

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post Monday afternoon that it is responding to a possible robbery, with deputies on scene and assistance from NHP and Placer County.

Tourist Josh Christian was walking with friends on Southwood Boulevard when he noticed someone strange walking into the skate shop.

“I was just looking in the skate shop and there was suspicious activity,” Christian said. “I saw him come in with an extended clip.”

Christian, Jeno and other witnesses gathered at the scene and saw more than 10 police cars, with officers armed and protected by body armor, respond.

Christian said it was obvious from across the street that there was resistance from the suspect.

“He wasn’t conforming very well,” Christian said. “He broke the window, jumped out the door and went about 10 feet.”

Once officers surrounded the suspect, they could be heard yelling at the suspect to drop his weapon and get down.

Witnesses told the Tribune that the suspect was shot with a sandbag gun.

Paramedics arrived at the scene when the suspect was apprehended. The suspect has not yet been identified.

Just as the suspect was apprehended, authorities learned of another robbery, which turned out to be the Wells Fargo robbery. reported by the Tribune.

Phone calls to WCSO on Monday requesting more information have yet to be returned.

Miranda Jacobson is a staff writer for the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a sister publication to the Sierra Sun. She can be contacted at [email protected]