Two held for fatal robbery

Two suspects arrested after a bloody southern Athens petrol station robbery late on Sunday, in which an attendant was shot dead, are suspected of involvement in at least one other similar attack, police said yesterday. The two men – one of whom was shot in a gunfight with police just before his arrest – were identified as Giorgos Michas, 34, and Albanian national Prendi Kesti, 28. Michas was in hospital with non-life-threatening stomach wounds yesterday. Police said the two approached Vladislav Sorostchok, 33, at the Vari petrol station where he worked, on the pretext of needing water for their car radiator. When they pulled guns, the Ukrainian national tried to resist and was fatally shot in the chest. His colleagues noted down the killers’ car registration plate, and gave it to the police. The two suspects were arrested in Ano Kalamaki, following a chase, after their car ran into a rubbish bin. Police said both – who have records for robberies and sex-trafficking – were suspected of having mounted a gas-station robbery in Neos Cosmos in August, when they stole the car they used on Sunday.