Callaway County man arrested on suspicion of armed robbery

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | 5:58 p.m. CDT; updated 6:45 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Boone County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 20-year-old Callaway County man in connection with the robbery of a convenience store with another man last month, Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

Joey Russell Morris of County Road 166 in the Auxvasse area was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action, O'Sullivan said. Morris turned himself in.

Deputies responded to the report of a robbery on March 25 at the FastLane 66 convenience store on Roanoke Drive near the intersection of Route B and Highway HH north of Columbia, he said.

The convenience store clerk reported that two masked men entered the store and demanded cash at gunpoint. The men then fled on foot heading northeast, O'Sullivan said.

He said the men wore green flannel hooded sweatshirts that they had purchased at the Walmart on Conley Road. They knew each other prior to the robbery, he said.

He said a tip from a citizen who recognized Morris on the news provided deputies with information leading to his arrest. O'Sullivan said the Sheriff's Department asked Morris' family to request that he turn himself in.

"We got information about Morris over the weekend, and we were trying to figure out who this Morris was," Sullivan said. "He doesn’t really have a permanent address or place of employment, so we had to kind of track down some of his family."

Tyson A. Bartlett, 25, of 8608 E. Karen Lane was arrested on Thursday on the same charges in connection to the robbery. Bartlett was transferred to the Missouri Department of Corrections last week for violating his parole from a previous conviction, O'Sullivan said.

O'Sullivan said the investigation will continue to figure out specifics of the incident. Deputies do know both men displayed handguns during the robbery, he said.

"We are not completely done with the investigation," Sullivan said. "That’s one of things we are trying to ascertain — when and how they obtained their firearms."

Morris was being held at the Boone County Jail awaiting a bond to be set, O'Sullivan said.

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