Robbery suspect claims he was a 'victim' | Crime
A man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint wound up behind bars for the crime.
Henry Moss, 29, of Marion is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.
According to Jonesboro police, Moss and another suspect robbed a man Saturday night in the 100-block of North Rogers.
The victim said as he was approaching his apartment building, two men approached him and demanded he hand over his money.
One of the suspects then pointed a gun at the man and grabbed his cell phone, the report stated.
Both suspects then ran eastbound toward the street. The victim told police he followed the suspects and saw them running toward a white Cadillac Deville.
Before getting in the car, one of the suspects turned toward the victim and fired a shot.
A man working in his shop nearby heard the gunshot and came outside, police said. He saw the suspects get into a white Cadillac and speed off toward Aggie Road.
The man followed the suspects to an apartment complex in the 1500-block of Aggie Road where they parked the car and fled on foot, police said.
When officers arrived they searched the area, but were unable to find the two suspects.
Police searched the car and found a cell phone and a grocer card on a key ring in the floorboard. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Less than two hours later Moss called police from a convenience store in the 3900-block of Caraway Road, claiming he had been robbed.
While en route, the responding officer learned that Moss was a suspect in the earlier robbery.
Moss told the officer he had gone to an apartment on Aggie Road to “buy a bag of weed” from a woman named Tasha when the two men approached him and told him to get down on the ground.
He claimed one of the men struck him in the head with a gun and pointed to the back of his head.
According to his report, the police officer “did not see any marks or swelling where Moss stated he had been hit.”
Moss claimed the suspects took his watch, wallet and his white Cadillac Deville.
The officer told Moss he was a suspect in the earlier crime, then took him into custody on a warrant out of Crittenden County.
On Monday Detective Jason Simpkins interviewed Moss after reading him his Miranda rights.
According to the detective’s report, Moss repeated the claim he had been robbed. But, when he was asked about his involvement in the Rogers Street robbery, Moss “refused to answer any other questions.”
That afternoon Moss appeared before Craighead County District Court Judge Curt Huckaby who found probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery and assault.
Huckaby set Moss’s bond at $100,000 and ordered him to appear in Circuit Court on October 31.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
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