Suspects Arrested in Robbery, Shooting of Pemiscot Dispatcher

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - Two men who are considered suspects in yesterday's robbery of a Caruthersville cash advance business where a Pemiscot County deputy was shot and wounded have been arrested overnight following a traffic stop on Interstate 55 in southeast Missouri.

Caruthersville police say the Missouri Hwy. Patrol located a vehicle matching the description of a car used in the Wednesday afternoon robbery of America's Cash Advance.  An investigative stop on the vehicle was conducted and police arrested two black males, ages 32 and 29, from Cape Girardeau.

The vehicle was later confirmed as the one used in the robbery that occured just before 2 p.m., when Pemiscot County Sheriff's dispatcher Jack Owens apparently attempted to wrestle a small firearm away from a suspected robber.  During the struggle, Owens was shot in the left arm and chest area as the robber then fled the scene.

Owens was taken by ambulance to the Pemiscot Memorial Hospital at Hayti, before being airlifted to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.  Owens is expected to undergo surgery this morning to have a bullet removed from his body.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old suspect is being held on charges of first degree robbery, armed criminal action and first degree assault.  The 29-year-old suspect is being held on first degree robbery charges.  Both men are being held without bond, and formal charges are expected to be filed today.