Suspect arrested after Sidney robbery

SIDNEY — Sidney resident Zachary Martin, 24, has been charged with one count of attempted robbery, a fourth degree felony, following an incident Sunday afternoon at a Sidney grocery store.

Officers of the Sidney Police Department were dispatched about 1 p.m. to La Indepencia, 505 N. Vandemark Road.

A male clerk reported that a lone white male wearing a gray hoodie came into the store and alluded that he had a gun and demanded money. In self-defense, the clerk grabbed a large knife from under the counter and displayed it toward the suspect.

The suspect fled out of the store toward the Village West Apartments, 500 N. Vandemark Road, with no money.

As part of the investigation, the scene was processed for evidence and the in-store surveillance video viewed.

A shoe pattern found at the scene was processed. A search of the Village West Apartment complex led investigators to a similar shoe tread being discovered in the snow on the front step of apartment 46, the residence of the defendant.

When contact was attempted at the residence, the suspect refused to answer the door. He yelled through the door he wanted officers to go away and that he was depressed over the death of his mother.

Fearing for Mr. Martin’s safety, officers forced entry into the apartment. A brief struggle ensued and resulted in the defendant being tased.

Inside the apartment, investigators discovered clothing items that are believed to have been worn during the attempted robbery.