A 26-year-old Melbourne, Fla., man identified as the suspect wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred Aug. 8 at Cricket Wireless is back in town at the county jail.
Mark A. Stephens arrived during early morning hours on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Atchison County Jail from the Platte County, Missouri Detention Center where he had been incarcerated since his apprehension on Aug. 8 in Missouri. Stephens is held in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He is facing formal charges that include aggravated robbery and theft, both are felony offenses.
Atchison police authorities allege Stephens was alone about 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 8 when he entered the Cricket Wireless store and ordered a clerk to get him iPhones from a lock box, and displayed a handgun that he had in the waistline are his clothing, Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson said in a press release. The suspect, identified as Stephens, then grabbed phone accessories before he fled from the store to a nearby parked vehicle.
Atchison police officers obtained a vehicle description of the suspect vehicle, a Nissan SUV with a Missouri license tag, which was broadcast to area law enforcement. It was determined the vehicle was one reported stolen from the Kansas City area, Wilson said.
It was about 4:30 p.m. when Missouri State Highway Patrol authorities located the vehicle along the shoulder of I-29 near the Camden Point exit in Platte County. MSHP took the Stephens into custody for Atchison police for the allegation of aggravated robbery. Stephens remained behind bars in the Platte County Detention Center until his transport back to Atchison.