SIKESTON -- Quick reactions from officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety and Sikeston citizens led to an arrest of a St. Louis man Saturday afternoon.
According to DPS reports, Robert Peaks Jr. entered U-Pump-It around 1:45 p.m. Saturday and after acting as if he was purchasing an item, pulled a knife on the clerk and demanded money.
Peaks tried to grab the clerk's hair not knowing it was a wig and when the wig came off the suspect came around the counter. The startled clerk hurdled the counter and ran out the door screaming for help and alarming witnesses in the area who called DPS. The suspect fled from the store.
A DPS patrol officer responding to the scene observed a suspect matching the description riding in a vehicle a short distance from the robbery scene and followed it to a convenience store on South Main. The officer approached the suspect, who then fled on foot and was chased a short distance before being subdued with a taser after refusing to comply with the officer's commands.
Once taken into custody it was found that Peaks was a parole absconder from the Missouri Department of Corrections. He is currently in custody with no bond on that warrant. Charges of attempted robbery and armed criminal action are pending through Scott County Prosecuter Paul Boyd.
DPS Director Drew Juden commended the actions of the citizens who witnessed the incident and notified DPS quickly.
"When you get information out that quick then officers know what they are looking for and in this case found the suspect within minutes of the robbery," Juden said.