A man who allegedly robbed a convenience store last week was arrested Wednesday night after being identified in a surveillance photograph, police said.
Jason Anderson, 29, reportedly admitted going into the Hazel Street Food Mart at 2201 W. 17th Ave. Aug. 17 and taking a 30-pack of beer, but denied reports that he had a weapon, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Anderson Thursday.
A photograph that appeared on The Commercial’s website Wednesday night is being credited with leading to Anderson’s arrest.
Detective James Williams reported that after Anderson’s picture appeared on the website, detectives received a tip about Anderson and a location where he could be found.
Kizer said a clerk at the store reported that the man walked in, took the beer, and walked out without paying, and when the clerk followed Anderson outside, Anderson reportedly pointed a gun at him.
Williams reported that Anderson was located at his mother’s house and was wearing a baseball cap backwards as was the person in the store surveillance video.
Initially, Anderson denied going into the store but after being shown the video, admitted entering the business but said he did not have a weapon.
Kizer said Anderson had no prior felony convictions or pending charges, but had 10 failures to appear from district courts.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 bond for Anderson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated robbery.
Anderson said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Oct. 4.