Grand jury indicts Vanbuskirk for Short Stop, espresso robbery

A Homer man who had robbery charges dismissed has now been indicted on three counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree vehicle, both felonies, and third-degree theft. The Kenai Grand Jury on July 6 indicted Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30. The charges stem from an incident on Jan. 6 in which Homer Police said Vanbuskirk held up at gunpoint employees of the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station on Baycrest Hill. Vanbuskirk also has been charged with robbing at gunpoint a Fat Olives Espresso barrista on Dec. 28.

Last month, time ran out on a court rule requiring either a preliminary hearing to be held or a grand jury make an indictment and the charges were dismissed. Vanbuskirk also was charged with robbing a friend in Anchor Point. That charge remains dismissed.

In the car theft charge, he’s alleged to have taken the truck of one of the employees to flee the gas station on the Sterling Highway.

Vanbuskirk remains in custody at Wildwood. He also faces other charges related to his arrest on the robbery charges, including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and third-degree escape.