Armed robber captured in Purdy

Friday, February 8, 2019

Aurora man steals money from King Cash Saver, flees on foot

An Aurora man is being held in the Barry County jail after allegedly robbing the King Cash Saver in Purdy using a knife, then fleeing on foot.

James Owens, 28, of Aurora, is charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

According to a press release from the Purdy Police Department, Cpl. Russ Nichols was dispatched to King Cash Saver in Purdy at about 5:59 p.m. on Wednesday after a report of a male suspect entering the store, brandishing a knife and ordering the cashier to put money from the register in a plastic bag.

Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Wheaton Police Department and Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe assisted in a sweep of the city of Purdy searching for the suspect, who fled the scene on foot.

Deputies located Owens, a male fitting the description walking down Ninth Street near Monroe Street, and he was detained. During a search for weapons, Owens was found to have a large amount of cash. He was brought back to the grocery store and positively identified by a witness as the alleged robber.

Another search nearby yielded clothing allegedly worn by Owens during the crime and a plastic bag still containing some money from the store. The weapon allegedly used in the robbery has not been located.

Owens is being held in the Barry County jail on a $75,000 bond.

“We would like to thank the Barry County Sheriff's Department, and the Wheaton Police Department for their quick response, and assistance in apprehending the robbery suspect,” The Purdy Police Department press release said.

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