Robbery suspect arrested after getting a lift

Robbery suspect arrested after getting a lift

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - A man in Poplar Bluff was arrested after police said he was given a ride by the victims.

Poplar Bluff police were called to the 900-block of Spring Street around 10:30 Saturday night to investigate a robbery.

A victim told officers she and a friend went to Murphy Express where she was approached by a black male inside the store who asked for 50 cents, according to a police department news release.

The woman said she ignored the man and returned to the vehicle.

According to the release, the man got into the woman's vehicle. She said she assumed her friend had offered the man a ride while inside the store.

The man asked her to take him to Fairmont Street.

While at Fairmont and Main, the woman said the suspect removed the keys from the ignition and said he would kill both of them if they did "anything stupid."

The woman thought it was a joke until she felt a handgun pushed into her side.

According to police, the man took money, identification, and cell phones from the pair before leaving the vehicle.

During the investigation, Devonte Brayboy was developed as a suspect. A clerk told police he was a "regular" at the store.

Hours later the clerk called police and said Brayboy was pumping gas. He was taken into custody without incident.

During the arrest, police found a handgun in the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle said she did not own any weapons and believed Brayboy brought it with him.

Police found the gun had been stolen in August as part of a burglary at a home on Alice Street. Property belonging to the robbery victim was found along with a glass pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine residue.

Brayboy is in the Butler County Justice Center on a $500,000 bond.

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