Robbery suspect caught in Arkansas
Published 7:00 am Thursday, January 21, 2016
A Picayune man has been taken into custody nearly three weeks after he fought with a clerk at the Chevron gas station on Memorial Boulevard and left with an undetermined amount of money last month.
The Picayune Police Department was notified on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. that the male suspect, 20-year-old Rodney Allen of 615 East 4th St., wanted by the department for strong arm robbery, was in the custody of the North Little Rock Police Department in Arkansas, Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said.
According to the inmate roster at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office jail, the North Little Rock Police Department arrested Allen on the charges of public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance schedule I or II.
Allen was wanted by the Picayune Police Department for strong arm robbery in connection to a robbery that occurred at the Chevron gas station at 11:16 p.m. on Dec. 30. The gas station clerk told officers that he exited the store for a moment and as he was walking back through the front door, Allen allegedly struck him in the head and forced him into the store, Magri said.
“The clerk stated that once they were inside the store, they were fighting, knocking over several display items. The clerk also said that after the struggle, the suspect allegedly stole an undetermined amount of money from a drop bag that was laying on the counter,” Magri said in an interview in January.
Allen fled on foot immediately following the physical altercation. Magri said the clerk sustained only minor injuries.
Allen is currently being held at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office jail, where he’s awaiting extradition to Mississippi, Magri said.