A Columbia man was arrested Thursday night in connection with an Oct. 16 robbery near the Central Pantry on Big Bear Boulevard.

Tony La’Conda Davis, 51, was charged with second-degree robbery after he was accused of punching a man and stealing his iPhone.

According to a probable cause statement, the victim gave the suspect a ride on Oct. 16 to the pantry, which is operated by the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. When the driver asked for gas money, the suspect became angry and punched the victim in the face several times.

The suspect then grabbed the victim’s phone from his hand and fled. The victim tried to chase the suspect but claimed he "passed out," according to the statement. 

The suspect was found less than half an hour later, and the phone was recovered after the victim used his passcode to identify it. 

Davis was taken  to Boone County Jail at 7:18 p.m. with bail set at $50,000.

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