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UPDATE: Suspect caught in early morning robbery


BECKLEY (WVVA) -- A man caused a ruckus robbing a convenience store Sunday morning. In a release, Beckley Police say he confessed to doing it, saying he had a drug problem and needed money.

Darnell Jackson, 33, of Beckley is accused of second degree robbery.  Detectives tell WVVA he entered Little General on Johnstown Road in Beckley a little after 9:00 a.m.  Jackson was screaming to the cashier, hitting the register stating, "I need money!"

After the clerk complied, Jackson ran away.

A store employee called 911 and explained what had happened to dispatchers.  Within minutes, police were able to identify and catch Jackson.

Detective Morgan Bragg with the Beckley Police Department tells WVVA, if it was not for the clerk giving such an accurate description, Jackson could still be on the streets.  Instead, he is in Southern Regional Jail on $75,000 bond.

The following is the full release from the Beckley Police Department:

"On Sunday 4-13-14 at about 0900 a robbery occurred at the Little General Store located at 622 Johnstown Rd. Beckley, WV. Beckley Police officers responded and found that a person had came into the store yelling and hitting the cash register demanding money. The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Officers were able to locate a person matching the description of the suspect walking on Johnstown Rd. shortly after the incident. Beckley detectives interviewed the suspect who confessed to the crime stating he had a drug problem and needed money. Darnell Jackson, 33yoa, was charged with 2nd Degree Robbery and taken to the Southern Regional Jail where he remains in lieu of a $75,000 bond. No person was hurt during the commission of the crime and most of the stolen money was recovered and returned to the store."
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