East Helena man arrested in Townsend gas station robbery

A 33-year-old East Helena man has been arrested following an armed robbery early Monday in which shots were fired into the ceiling of a Townsend gas station, the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office said.

Broadwater County dispatch received a call at 2:56 a.m. about an incident at Town Pump, Sheriff Nick Rauser said on Facebook.

Deputies notified other law enforcement officers they were trying to locate the suspect’s vehicle, which appeared on video surveillance going east on Highway 12, officials said. The Meagher County Sheriff’s Office was able to stop the vehicle.

Samuel Collins


The suspect, identified as Samuel Collins of East Helena, was arrested without further incident, Rauser said.

Collins discharged a firearm into the celling of the building, and no one was injured, Rauser said, adding the vehicle was stolen out of Helena and the firearm was stolen as well.

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This incident remains under investigation by the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office.

The Broadwater County inmate roster states Collins has been charged with suspended or deferred sentence, criminal endangerment, assault

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