Jonesboro Police arrest one in string of robberies

Rakeem Rayfreon Chandler (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Rakeem Rayfreon Chandler (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Darius Devonte Roberson (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Darius Devonte Roberson (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro Police say one of the men arrested Thursday night for aggravated robbery is one of the men accused of robbing two businesses on Southwest Drive a few days prior.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Darius Devonte Roberson admitted to police that he and another man robber Firehouse Subs, and the Kum and Go on Southwest Drive.

Roberson was arrested Thursday May 24 after police were called to Kool Kutts for an aggravated robbery. Police say on May 25 he admitted to the other two robberies that took place Saturday night May 19, and Monday morning May 21.

His accomplice has yet to be named. Roberson is charged with aggravated robbery and is due back in court on July 27.

Another man, Rakeem Rayfreon Chandler, 18, of Jonesboro was also arrested in connection with the armed robbery at Kool Kuts.

Officers were dispatched to 1404 Franklin in reference to a robbery in progress. Upon arrival, police said victim Bernard Cobbs, 51, told them he had just been robbed by two black men. Cobbs was able to describe Roberson, Chandler, and the vehicle they were in—a blue Ford Expedition with large, chromed rims.

Police say Cobbs had left his hair shop to go to the bank and noticed the SUV parked on the south side of his building, backed behind it; Cobbs says only noticed this because had seen the SUV in the same place the day before.

According to police, Cobbs said two black men came in and robbed him a few minutes after he went back inside his shop. He says they held him to the ground at gunpoint and took $160-$230 and a set of hair clippers.

Both suspects then fled the shop, running south and going behind the building. Roberson was later pulled over in his SUV on the 1600 block of Wilkins with several clothing items matching the description given by Cobb and the clippers in his possession. Chandler was arrested near the McArthur School with $160 on him.

Chandler is charged with aggravated robbery and is due back in court on July 27.

Police say on Sunday May 20, two men robbed Firehouse Subs located at the Culberhouse and Southwest Drive intersection around 10 p.m. Saturday. Then two men robbed a customer and clerk at gunpoint at the Kum & Go on Southwest Drive at approximately 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Suspect descriptions from the Kum & Go employees listed in the police report match the descriptions from Firehouse Subs employees.

Police encourage anyone with information about the cases to call Crimestoppers at (870) 935-STOP (7867) or email Sgt. Lyle Waterworth at

All information is kept confidential.

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