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Suspect sought after Sonic carhop robbed at gunpoint

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Police are investigating the Monday afternoon armed robbery of a north Jackson Sonic carhop and are searching for the suspect, according to a Monday evening news release from the Jackson Police Department.

The release said at 4:50 p.m. Monday, the department was called to Sonic, located at 112 W. University Parkway.

Police said the suspect walked to the drive-in fast-food restaurant from the south and placed an order. When the carhop brought the order out, the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded money from the carhop.

The carhop compiled with the robber’s demand. Then, the robber took the money and ran back south toward the direction he had first arrived.

Police investigators said they believe the robbery is connected to an April 24 robbery of another Sonic carhop. The earlier incident occurred at the Sonic located at 2101 N. Highland Avenue. There are similarities in the suspect's descriptions and the methods of operation in both robberies, the release said.

The suspect in Monday's robbery was described as being a black male, in his late teens, who was wearing a faded-blue hoodie and gray shorts. The suspect also had either cornrows or braided-style hair that was pulled back into a ponytail.

Police ask that anyone with information contact JPD’s Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 731-424-8477 (TIPS).