Man lucky to be alive after being held at gunpoint

John Ravencraft (Source: West Chester Police Department)
John Ravencraft (Source: West Chester Police Department)

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WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County man is behind bars tonight after police say he tried to shoot a man three times at the Shell gas station at the intersection of West Chester Rd. and Route 42.

50-year-old John Ravencraft is charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery. "He entered the store, he loitered there for a short period of time," said Sgt. Matt Tombragel, with West Chester Police. "When the coast was clear he went inside and approached the clerk."

The manager of the store known as "G" said the victim is a friend who doesn't work at the gas station. Instead, the victim who doesn't want to be idetified was just watching the store for a short period of time.

"My friend saved my life," said Gagan "G" Argwan.

"G" said he was outside the store in his car when the attack on his friend took place. He says the gunman went behind the counter, pointed a gun at his friend, and demanded where is "G".

"He was telling me to call "G" I want to talk to him, just bring him here. I was like who is that guy," said Argwan.

Ravencraft then held his gun to the victim's head and attempted to fire three times, each time the gun jammed.

"Clearly,our opinion is, is that he was going to kill this gentleman. No doubt," said Tombragel.

"G" said he doesn't know why Ravencraft was looking for him.

"It's a miracle, but by the grace of God this man is walking as a free man today," said Tombragel.  "If the situation went the other way, we would be investigating a homicide, a tragic homicide."