Break Time armed robbery suspect arrested

Thursday, December 27, 2012 | 1:40 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Police arrested a suspect in connection with the armed robbery of a Break Time gas station Wednesday evening.

Two witnesses, who were parked in the Break Time lot at 301 Nebraska Ave., witnessed the robbery and reported it to police. The witnesses followed the suspect in their car, updating the Joint Communications officer about the suspect's location, a Columbia Police Department news release said.

A Columbia police officer and a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer were in the area at the time and arrested Chadwick Simmons, 22, on suspicion of first-degree robbery and resisting arrest, the release said.

The two witnesses positively identified Simmons as the suspect who entered the Break Time and went behind the counter. According to the release, Simmons implied he had a gun and demanded money from the clerk before running away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Simmons ran southwest from the gas station, through the McDonald's and Burger King parking lots on Business Loop 70 East before police who were chasing him caught him in the backyard of a home on the 1100 block of North Garth Avenue, the release said.

Simmons' bond has been set at $4,500.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock. 

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