Columbia male arrested on charges of robbery, assault

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | 5:34 p.m. CDT; updated 6:21 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 29, 2011

COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested a man on multiple charges Wednesday after he stole merchandise, damaged property of a convenience store and assaulted a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, according to Columbia police.

Justin Myers, 17, was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree trespassing, second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, resisting or interfering with an arrest and possession of a controlled substance, Columbia Police Officer Latisha Stroer said

Two men were near the gas pumps at the Petro Mart convenience store on St. Charles Road when an employee thought he recognized one of the men as someone who had previously been arrested in the store on suspicion of shoplifting, Stroer said.

The employee told the man to leave the store, but instead the man grabbed a pack of cigars without paying and went outside, Stroer said.

"He was also pushing things around inside the store off the shelves. ... He was mad because the (employee) told him to leave because he was trespassing," she said.

The clerk ran outside to stop him, and the man assaulted him, Stroer said.

An off-duty Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who saw the incident tried to stop the man. He identified himself as an trooper, and the man assaulted him, Stroer said. No weapon was involved.

The trooper was able to detain the man until the police arrived to make the arrest, she said.

The other man police said was involved in the incident was Daree Martin, 18, who was arrested on suspicion of distribution, delivery, manufacture and production of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor assault.

Both suspects were in possession of marijuana, Stroer said.

Myers' bond was set at $10,000 for four of the charges. Bond had not yet been set for the charge of second-degree robbery.

Martin's bond was set at $5,500 for two of the charges, and the controlled substance bond had yet to be set.

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