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70-year-old arrested after refusing to leave gas station

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A 70-year-old Edna Webb is angry, frustrated with how she was treated by a gas station attendant and even more upset with how she said police handled her.

"This man has been totally disrespectful to me and all I want is the name of his manager and his employee ID number," Webb said.

Webb said she went to a Sunoco at East Genesee and Holland Avenues in Saginaw.

She said the cashier was so rude to her and another customer that she asked for the manager's phone number.

Webb said he refused to give it to her, so she refused to leave. She stood there for two and a half hours not interfering with customers but she did tell them why she was standing there.

She said the cashier never told her to leave, but he did eventually call the police.

They showed up, arrested her, put her in cuffs and in the back of a police car.

"I said, let go of my arm, and he said ‘you're under arrest, you're going to jail!’ just like that, and I couldn't believe it," Webb said.

TV5 confirmed, Webb was taken to jail.

There she spent three hours behind bars and said she was never once asked why she was standing at the gas station to begin with.

Webb said she was charged with criminal trespassing and hasn't been told when to appear for her court hearing.

She filed more than one incident report, one against the cashier and one against the arresting officer with the Saginaw police.

But on Wednesday, police are telling their side of the story. 

"We also gave her a chance to leave on her own accord," said Sgt. Reggie Williams. "Also gave her an opportunity to pay for her merchandise that she was there to purchase. She did not comply with that and when she was warned if she did not leave, she would be under arrest, she decided to go to jail."

Williams, the department spokesman, said Webb brought this arrest on herself. 

"She basically put out officer in a situation of where, what else was he supposed to do?" Williams said. "When you have people there that are watching, that are waiting to get their merchandise and she is basically, I guess in her way protesting. But she's protesting in a privately owned business. You can't do that."

Webb said she was mistreated by both the Sunoco employee and the officer, and she wants something done about it.

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