COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department has arrested two people in connection with an armed robbery early Saturday morning, according to a news release.

Jerome Jackson, 45, of Columbia, was arrested on suspicion of robbery in the first degree and five other charges, according to the news release. Takesha Johnson, 31, of Columbia, was also arrested on suspicion of robbery in the first degree, armed criminal action and four other charges.

At around 2:10 a.m. Saturday, a business on Highway 40 in northwest Columbia reported having been robbed by a woman who pulled out a knife and threatened an employee with it, and a man who claimed he had a gun. Afterward, the suspects led deputies on a slow-speed chase, drove through two yards and damaged a fence, only stopping when their vehicle no longer moved. Both suspects ran and were caught soon after.

Bond for Jackson has been set at $10,500, and bond for Johnson has been set at $15,000. Both robbery charges must first be confirmed by a judge.

Robbery

• Columbia’s robbery rates per 100,000 residents were, on average, 17.4 percent higher than U.S. rates between 2009 and 2013.

• Columbia’s robbery rates per 100,000 residents were, on average, 31.3 percent higher than Missouri rates between 2009 and 2013.

• In 2013, robberies dropped by 34.9 percent, enough to bring Columbia’s robberies per capita to 10.4 percent below the national rate. In the four years prior, Columbia’s robberies per capita were above national levels.

Information from the FBI.

Supervising editor is Jared Kaufman.

  • Formerly an assistant city editor & reporter on the public health and safety beat. Reach me at jaredhkaufman@gmail.com or on Twitter @Jaredography.

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