Box-cutter robbery fails

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 2:02 p.m. CST; updated 9:05 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of trespassing and attempting to rob the Walmart Supercenter off Conley Road.

Jonathan Carpenter, 29, was arrested in connection with brandishing a box cutter, which caused physical injury to a Walmart employee, in an attempt to steal property from Walmart, said Latisha Stroer, spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department. Carpenter had previously received a trespass warning.

At 3:10 p.m., officers were dispatched to the scene while the robbery was in progress, when they arrested Carpenter. He was charged with:

  • Robbery in the first degree, a felony.
  • Two charges of trespassing in the first degree, a misdemeanors.
  • Two charges of stealing, felonies.
  • Property damage in the first degree, a misdemeanor.
  • Resisting arrest, a felony.

Carpenter's composite bail is set at $15,000, according to Boone County Sheriff Department's 07:00 Report.

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