Watts charged on three offenses

Watts charged on three offenses
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On January 31, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. Joplin Police Department officers responded to an address on Markwardt Ave. for a report of an armed robbery which had occurred on the parking lot at 2602 S. Main Street earlier.

The male victim, reported that as he was exiting the liquor store at 2602 S. Main St. Joplin that he was contacted by the suspect, Jason Watts, age 34 of Joplin for some money to purchase liquor. He then pointed a handgun at the male victim and demanded his money. Watts took a bottle of liquor that male victim had and then fired a shot in the air as him was leaving.

Officers were also dispatched to an address on Porter Ave at 9:00 P.M. for a report of Domestic Violence where the female victim, said that her boyfriend had assaulted her with a firearm at her residence located at 3105 S. Pearl Ave. Joplin, MO.

The female victim said that her boyfriend became angry with her and demanded she take him to the liquor store to purchase more alcohol. When she refused he pointed a handgun at her and then fired a shot into the wall nearby. She still refused and he fired a second shot into the wall. At this time they drove to the Alps Liquor Store at 2602 S. Main Street, Joplin, MO.

While there, she witnessed him rob a customer in the parking lot and fire a shot in the air. She drove him to an address on West 4th St. in Joplin and dropped him off before contacting the police. The female suspect told officers that the suspect was still at the address on West 4th Street and they responded there at took him into custody without incident.

The suspect, Jason T. Watts, Age 34 was arrested and charged with the following offenses:

Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Armed Criminal Action

Robbery 1st Degree