Bandits Fail in Daring Attempt to Rob Jonesboro Car Audio Store

JULY 2, 2004 - Posted at 7:20 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Three men tried to rob a Jonesboro specialty store that specializes in automotive audio equipment yesterday.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, the trio of men drove to the Caraway Road/Spence Circle area, hiding their vehicle behind the Meineke Muffler store.  Two suspects identified as 20-year-old Randy Faxon and 19-year-old Tony Stevens went inside the Car Audio Plus store at 2727 Caraway Road.  According to a police report, "After entering the store, Stevens drew attention away from Faxon as Faxon entered the sound room of the business.  This was done by speaking with an employee and pretending to look at other merchandise."

The police report further states, "After entering the sound room, Randy Faxon began to remove audio equipment from the walls with a claw hammer he had concealed in his pants.  After removing items from the wall, Faxon attempted to flee the store, but was stopped by an employee.  As the employee reached for the merchandise, Faxon pushed him out of his way and began to pull the claw hammer from his pants.  Faxon fled on foot to the awaiting vehicle which had Jason Faxon (18) still inside."

Meanwhile, Stevens was then locked inside the store by employees to prevent his escape and was arrested by second shift patrol officers as they responded almost immediately.

As Randy Faxon reached the getaway vehicle, he and his brother Jason allegedly attempted to flee, but their car was immediately spotted by a trio of patrol officers who stopped the vehicle and quickly took the suspects into custody.

The three suspects are charged with aggrevated robbery and are being held in the Craighead County Detention Center.