COLUMBIA — A man was arrested early Friday in connection with a Jimmy John's robbery in December 2014, as well as an assault in August.

Mikel Derrice Crowley, 20, was the third person arrested in connection with the Dec. 7, 2014 robbery at the Jimmy John's restaurant on Rain Forest Parkway.

In December, Columbia police arrested Jafari R. Boss and a 16-year-old juvenile in connection to the robbery, according to a Friday news release.

According to a probable cause statement, three males entered the restaurant around 10 p.m. wearing masks and dark hooded sweatshirts. One of the three pointed a gun at a Jimmy John's employee and demanded money.

The suspects made off with a total of $366.46, according to the probable cause statement.

Crowley was arrested early Friday morning and was charged with first-degree robbery. According to the probable cause statement, Crowley is accused of assisting in the robbery by tying up an employee and taking money from the restaurant's cash register.

In surveillance audio and video, the suspect yells to the employee to "give me your belt." The suspect is also heard yelling "hurry up!" according to the probable cause statement.

Police compared the suspect's voice in this exchange to another recording of Crowley of when he was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant and resisting arrest on Christmas Eve 2014.

Crowley has a history of run-ins with the police:

  • Crowley was also arrested Friday for an unlawful use of a weapon incident that occurred last month. After a verbal altercation on Aug. 12 near Garth and Forest avenues, a suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at a victim, according to a probable cause statement. Crowley's bail for this was set at $4,500.
  • Crowley pleaded guilty in March for a third-degree domestic assault charge. Crowley was sentenced to two years of supervised probation.
  • In 2013, Crowley agreed to a plea deal in connection to a third-degree assault incident, and was sentenced to three days in jail.

Crowley was being held in the Boone County Jail Friday on a cash-only $20,000 bond.

Supervising editor is Jack Suntrup.

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