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Man arrested in robbery

Bond was set at $75,000 Friday for a man accused of robbing a gas station in DeKalb on Thursday night.

Dewayne A. Jones, 41, of the 1100 block of Rushmoore Drive in DeKalb, was arrested Thursday night after police said he stole cigarettes and demanded money from the clerk at the Casey’s General Store at 1001 N. Annie Glidden Road about 8:40 p.m. Thursday.

Jones walked into Casey’s, implied he had a gun and demanded money from the clerk, according to court documents. The female clerk refused to open the cash register, and Jones then jumped over the counter and grabbed her arm, demanding again that she open the register, according to court documents.

When the clerk refused again, Jones grabbed several packs of Newport Cigarettes and left the store, according to court documents.

Though Jones implied he had a firearm, it is not believed that he had a gun on him at the time of the robbery, DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler said.

The clerk and a patron in the store at the time of the robbery described the suspect as being black, with short black hair and a facial stubble, according to court documents. DeKalb Police saw a person, later identified as Jones, matching that description walking in the 900 block of Ridge Drive a few minutes after the robbery.

Jones started running as the officer tried to stop him, according to a news release from the DeKalb Police Department. Jones threw items, later identified as packages of Newport Cigarettes, as he was running, according to police. Police caught him in the 800 block of Ridge Drive and found additional packs of Newport Cigarettes on him, according to police.

Jones has been charged with aggravated robbery, a Class 1 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. He also has been charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, because a silver pipe used to smoke drugs was found on Jones, and with resisting a police officer. Both are Class A misdemeanors, punishable by less than a year in jail.

Jones was still in the DeKalb County Jail as of 9:30 p.m. Friday. He is next due in court at 8:45 a.m. March 26.

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