PARK HILLS - A Park Hills man has been charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the robbery of a Casey’s store in Park Hills Monday.
Matthew Drake Carver, 20, was charged Tuesday with the Class A felony. His bond was set at $150,000.
According to court records, officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery at Casey’s on Front Street just after 2 p.m. Monday.
Police were notified that the suspect was possibly in the area of Morice Street. When an officer arrived in the area, a man handed the officer a grocery bag of cash and a black semi-automatic handgun.
The man told police he saw a man wearing a white hoodie running up the street from Casey’s. He said the man dropped the gun and the money but did not pick it up. He then ran into an apartment building. Thinking that was suspicious behavior, he called police.
When no one allowed police into the apartment, the officers forced their way in and they found Carver, along with a 24-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman.
Carver asked for an attorney, refusing to talk to police.
Witnesses said a man wearing a Mineral Area College hoodie, a Spider Man mask and gloves, waved a gun and demanded money from a Casey’s store clerk.
Surveillance video shows the man pulling a handgun from his waist and pointing it at the clerk. The clerk opened the cash drawer and backed up from the register. The suspect pulled the cash out of the register and left the store.
Detectives found a white Mineral Area College hoodie in a closet of the apartment, and a brown pair of gloves. A Spider Man mask was found near a Casey’s. Four cell phones inside the apartment were also seized as evidence.
The two individuals with Carver inside the apartment said they had nothing to do with the robbery. They also said Carver was not living there.
After some questioning, each admitted that Carver had been talking that day about robbing Casey’s but they didn’t think he would do it.
Those two individuals have not been charged with any crime at this time.
Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at email@example.com.