Police: Springdale Teen Confesses To Robberies
SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale teen confessed to robbing two convenience stores with a BB gun in April, according to preliminary arrest reports.
Alejandro Vega, 19, was arrested Wednesday (May 3) in connection with two counts of felony aggravated robbery and one count of misdemeanor interference with emergency communications.
Vega robbed the Fast Trax on Garland Avenue in Fayetteville on April 26 and VENMART in Springdale on Sunday (April 30), according to the reports.
Vega stole an undisclosed amount of cash and a cell phone from Fast Trax, but apologized to the clerk during the robbery, according to the reports.
Four days later, Vega stole $1,669 from VENMART but never took the BB gun out of his pocket.
Fayetteville police received a tip about Vega’s address, where they found a black BB gun and clothing that matched video footage from the Springdale robbery, according to the report. Vega agreed to let police search his home.
Vega told police he needed to pay his rent, but didn’t have a job or family nearby to help with his finances, according to the reports. Vega said he didn’t intend to hurt anyone.
Vega was being held Thursday (May 4) at the Washington County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing set for Friday (May 5) in Washington County Circuit Court.
Aggravated robbery is a Class Y felony, according to Arkansas Code Annotated 5-12-103.
Class Y felonies are the most serious crimes in Arkansas not punishable by death. Class Y felonies include kidnapping, first-degree murder and rape, which carry prison sentences of 10 to 40 years or life, according to state law.