JPD: Suspect set truck on fire in field after robbery, arrested

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man suspected of robbing a gas station on Caraway Road near Jonesboro Police Department was apprehended earlier this month after tips were received through Crimestoppers.

20170108_153928The robbery happened at about 1:17 a.m. Jan. 7, when a white male wearing a navy blue ski mask entered the Shell gas station at 1325 South Caraway Road in Jonesboro. The suspect carried a black handgun, the affidavit says, demanding money from the cash registers.

Store video showed the suspect arrive in a red step-side Ford Ranger. The license plate number was not visible but a tip from Crimestoppers proved the video was useful, after all.

The individual stated he was intimately  acquainted with a male named Michael Samuel Lawson Bobbitt, the affidavit says, and that Bobbitt told him he stole a truck from an apartment in Bono, borrowed a gun from a friend, and then used the stolen truck to drive to Jonesboro to rob the store before driving the truck back to Bono and burning it in a field.

GetPhoto (1).jpgThe suspect then walked to his grandfather’s house in a field across from where the truck was burned – and where he lived. Police were able to easily connect him to the suspect vehicle with it being within walking distance.

Bono Police Department was contacted and said they had received a report about a stolen Ford Ranger from an apartment and the truck was found later that day burned in a field. A navy blue ski mask was found near the burned truck.

Bono authorities also informed JPD they were familiar with the grandfather – who lived mere feet from where the vehicle was burned.

He faces felony aggravated robbery charges.

Police say this is Michael Samuel Lawson Bobbitt

Photos provided by JPD and CCSO.

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