Police arrest suspect in connection with armed robbery

Friday, April 11, 2014 | 12:21 p.m. CDT; updated 4:40 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 11, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department arrested one man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday at Parkway Apartments.

Three victims at the apartment had been waiting for a friend to arrive. But that friend arrived with two other men, pulled out a gun, and demanded money and property from the victims, according to previous Missourian reporting.

According to a Police Department news release, Jason P. Smith, 19, is suspected of being the friend who robbed the victims at gunpoint. Police said Smith struck one of the men in the apartment several times with the gun and caused several lacerations.

The three suspects fled on foot and did not leave the apartment with anything, according to the news release.

Smith was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police are continuing to investigate the robbery, and anyone with information about the crime can contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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