Armed-robbery suspect arrested

Monday, August 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:31 a.m. CDT, Sunday, June 29, 2008

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a man in connection with a Sunday afternoon robbery at a Columbia convenience store. Sheriff’s deputies arrested John J. Day of Boonville at 2:43 p.m. Sunday in connection with a robbery that occurred about 45 minutes earlier at Break Time, 2402 N. Paris Road.

According to a release issued by Columbia Police Sgt. Kenneth Smith, Columbia police responded to a reported robbery at the store around 2 p.m. Police said the suspect, armed with an assault rifle, robbed the store and fled in a maroon Chevrolet Lumina van.

Day was arrested after sheriff’s deputies saw him on Peabody Road, according to a release issued by Columbia Police Sgt. Lloyd Simons. An assault rifle, ammunition and Break Time property were found in the vehicle, police said.

Day has been charged with armed robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

— Michael Davin and Lindsey Thomas

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