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Masked man arrested in armed robbery
Police: Suspect wearing Freddy Krueger mask robbed Pojos; man, 2 accomplices apprehended
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Leon Mark Owens
    A man wearing a "Freddie Krueger" mask robbed a West Main Street convenience store Tuesday, but Statesboro Police apprehended him and two accomplices within minutes of the robbery.
    Kadeem Rashod Parrish, 19, Continental Road, entered Pojo's convenience store on West Main near Martin Luther King Boulevard around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, wearing the mask and wielding a knife, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.  He took a large amount of cash and left the store, getting into a gold Honda Accord.
    The clerk gave police a description of the car, as well as of a 16-year-old female that had entered the store minutes before Parrish. York said the juvenile girl, who is believed to have been reported as either missing or a runaway from Jonesboro, was "casing" the store before Parrish went in to rob the clerk.
    Within minutes, Cpl. Dan Barber spotted the Honda on Elm Street, where a man got into the back seat. Barber followed it onto Cotton Avenue, where the car stopped at a house, York said.
    Barber and other responding officers questioned the three occupants — the teenage girl, the driver — Leon Mark Owens, 40, U.S. 80 West, and the man in the back seat, Parrish.
    Also found in  the car was a duffel bag containing a Freddie Krueger mask, a knife and a large sum of money, he said.
    While the store clerk could not identify Parrish due to his wearing the mask, she was able to positively identify the teenage girl who had been inside the store immediately before Parrish came in and robbed her, York said.
    With the evidence and victim's testimony, officers and Det. Tommy Brown, who led the investigation, placed the three suspects under arrest and took them to the Bulloch County Jail, where they were booked under charges of armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
    Owens was also charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to jail records.
    The clerk was not injured, York said.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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