Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 18, 2012

Investigation continues into weekend armed robbery at convenience store

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Police on Wednesday continued their investigation into the Sunday night armed robbery of a central Jacksonville convenience store.

No one was harmed during the robbery of CJ's Quick Stop, 613 E. Rusk, which took place between 8:48 p.m. and 8:51 p.m., according to the store's owner. An undetermined amount of money was taken.

The robbery took place as the store employee was preparing to close about 9 p.m. The store's money was already in a bag. The suspect in the crime then burst in.

“He ran into the store with a gun, demanded money from the employee, then ran behind the register” to get the money, store owner Roy Johnston said.

The employee handed over the money and the suspect fled the scene by foot, according to reports.

The suspect was described by the store owner as a black male, 5 feet 7 inches, weighing 180 pounds. He was dressed in a grey shirt with a white rag over his face.

The suspect was caught on videotape, although authorities were not ready to release that information to the media on Wednesday, Jacksonville Police Det. James Oden said.