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Robber, armed with stuffed bunny, assaults clerk

Sunday, April 20, 2003

SIKESTON -- Two men have been arrested after a Sikeston store was robbed Monday afternoon.

According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden, a robbery occurred at the Dollar General Store next to Fisherman's Net around 1 p.m. Monday when two males entered the store and began walking around. As one neared the cashier, he struck the cashier in the head with a stuffed bunny rabbit as she opened the cash drawer to make change for another customer. The suspect then reached in the drawer and removed some of the bills. After recovering from the "bunny blow," the cashier tried to grab the money back and a struggle ensued.

The suspect was able to hold to the money and fled on foot, running north toward the Sikeston City Cemetery. The second suspect remained in the store and spoke briefly with police, but anxious to leave, provided a false name to officers while denying any reports he was the robber.

Detectives followed up on several leads and found that a prime suspect had been arrested by the Dexter Police Department on unrelated charges. A DPS detective went to Dexter and interviewed the suspect on Tuesday and obtained a full confession of the crime.

When the detective was exiting the interview room, the suspect grabbed the officer's gun and was able to get it from his holster. After a short struggle, the detective was able to gain control of his gun, prior to assistance from Dexter officers who aided in controlling the suspect.

Charges were filed against Raymond Trice, 19, in Stoddard County by Prosecutor Briney Welborn for assault on a law enforcement officer in the first degree and attempted escape from confinement. A cash only bond was set at $75,000. Charges of second degree robbery and assault are pending in New Madrid County.

The second subject was arrested on Thursday at another residence in Sikeston because of falsely identifying himself to officers as well as information obtained from Trice during his interview. Charges are pending through New Madrid County for second degree robbery.