Police arrest one, still looking for other suspects in weekend robberies

Sunday, December 9, 2012 | 5:26 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia police officers arrested Carlos Epps in connection with two robberies over the weekend.

Epps was taken into custody at noon Sunday after leading officers on a foot chase near 900 Vandiver Drive, a Columbia Police Department news release said. Epps was arrested in connection with the Friday night robbery of the Shell Petromart station on I-70 Drive Southwest and the Saturday night armed robbery of the Break Time Convenience Store on West Ash Street.

Police are still looking for suspects in connection with two other armed robberies, the release said.

The first happened around 7:30 a.m. at Casey's General Store on Rangeline Street. The suspect implied that he had a weapon and demanded money and then fled from the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

In another incident, officers were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. to the Steak 'N Shake on West Worley Street. The victims were leaving the restaurant when they were approached by two armed male suspects who demanded money. The suspects left the scene on foot with the victims' money, car keys and electronics.

No video surveillance was available on Sunday, and no arrests have been made in connection with the Steak 'N Shake or Casey's General Store robberies.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock. 

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