Police arrest robbery suspect

Fayetteville man nabbed in connection with masked holdup

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 1:05 a.m.

Freddie Jones

FAYETTEVILLE — Police arrested Freddi Lee Jones Jr., 43, Wednesday in connection with the robbery of Crossover Corner gasoline station.

A masked man entered the Valero at 4315 N. Crossover Road at 9 p.m. Oct. 20 armed with a black, snub-nose revolver and demanded money, according to a preliminary arrest report.

The clerk didn’t immediately open the cash drawer and the man fired a bullet into the ceiling. The clerk opened the drawer but didn’t retrieve the cash, so the gunman reached over a computer monitor and took money, according to the report.

The man was wearing gloves and a long sleeve shirt, but when he reached for the money, his bare wrist rubbed against the monitor, according to the report. Police collected a DNA sample, the surveillance video and the bullet.

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The gunman told the clerk he should kill him and fired another bullet before leaving, according to the report. The clerk was the only person at the gas station and no one was injured, police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Murphy said Oct. 21.

Police received a tip Tuesday the robber was Jones. Jones was arrested at 804 S. Erika Ave. in connection with an unrelated residential burglary warrant after a brief standoff with police Wednesday, according to the report.

Along with aggravated robbery, Jones faces charges of terroristic threatening and possession of a firearm by certain persons.

Jones has a criminal record that includes aggravated robbery.

Jones had not yet been booked into the Washington County Detention Center as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Ashton Eley can be reached by email at alley@nwadg.com or Twitter @NWAAshton