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Jonesboro man robbed, arrested in connection to 'shots fire' investigation

Canaan James (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Canaan James (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro man was charged with theft by receiving and obstructing governmental operations in relation to a reported armed robbery early Monday morning.

According to court documents, Canaan James, 27, was arrested after he told police that we was struck with a pistol and robbed at the Walker Court Apartment complex.

As police were investigating a “shots fired” call, officers pulled over a vehicle leaving the complex. James was identified as the driver of the Dodge Charger.

James reportedly had a .40 caliber Ruger handgun in the glove box that was stolen in July, according to court documents. The officers also smelled marijuana.

According to the police report, James told officers that a friend brought him to the area of Walker Court when another suspect hit him with a pistol 2 or 3 times. Officer Joe Robinson said a .40 caliber round was found in James' pocket.

The police report also states that a witness saw “a light skinned black male running from the complex” after she heard gunshots. She said he then got into a black Dodge Charger.

During the investigation, officers said that James was taken by a friend to an apartment at The Villa across the street from Walker Court. As James was in the breezeway, he said another man tried to rob him, during which James claimed the suspect fired a gun into the air.

James “admitted" his friend took him to the Villas "to deliver some marijuana to someone,” the report’s narrative stated.

James was not charged for firing a weapon.

He will appear in court in late September on a felony and misdemeanor charge.

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