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UPDATE: Police arrest three in connection with armed robbery at The Reserve

Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:02 p.m. CDT; updated 10:09 a.m. CDT, Sunday, April 6, 2014

*This story was updated to add information about a third arrest and to reflect bond amounts for the suspects.

COLUMBIA — Police arrested three people Saturday in connection with an early-morning armed robbery at The Reserve.

According to a Columbia Police Department news release, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the student-housing complex at 2500 S. Old 63 shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday.

When police arrived, the 20-year-old victim told police that she had been in her room with a male friend when another man entered her room with a handgun at about 3:30 a.m. The man demanded the victim's belongings and left with the woman's cellphone. The woman's friend told her that he was leaving to chase after the suspect but never returned.

In the course of the investigation, police identified Jared Hemme, 20, as the woman's friend who did not return. Police arrested him on suspicion of first-degree robbery at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Police identified Leonard Neves, 19, as the suspected gunman, and they arrested him at his residence at 3 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Neves was being held on bond of $154,500 total for the four charges. Hemme was being held on a $50,000 bond for the robbery charge.

Police recovered the stolen cellphone while serving a search warrant at Neves' residence, according to the release.

Brian G. Collins, 21, was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of first degree robbery. Bond had not yet been set.

As of Sunday morning, all three suspects were at the Boone County Jail and police said no more arrests were expected in the case.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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