Police Arrest 15-Year-Old Suspected of Robbery at Dillard's

6 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, January 19 2011 Jan 19, 2011 Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:10:15 AM UTC January 19, 2011 in News
COLUMBIA - On January 18 at approximately 11:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery in progress at Dillard's department store in Columbia.

Mall security contacted Joint Communications and reported a male dressed in a gray sweatshirt, dark baggie jeans, and a black stocking cap, had stolen several items from the store and fled on foot towards the Columbia Mall Car Wash.

The caller also indicated that the suspect was being detained by Dillard's Loss Prevention when he pulled a knife and assaulted an employee in his attempt to get away. The employee was taken to the hospital for injuries to his hand.

Employees chased the suspect, and officers arrived on scene and continued the pursuit on foot. The suspect ran behind the car wash into the wooded area behind PetSmart. Officers chased the suspect into a creek where he was apprehended without incident.

Several of the stolen items, as well as the knife were recovered. After taking the suspect into custody, authorities learned he was 15-years-old.

The suspect was arrested for Robbery in the First Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Misdemeanor Stealing and Felony Resisting Arrest. The Boone County Juvenile Office is assisting in the investigation.

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