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19-Year-Old Robert Rule Arrested For Second...
19-Year-Old Robert Rule Arrested For Second Carjacking In Four Months
January 26, 2013
According to the probable cause statement, on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 2:37 a.m. Independence officers were dispatched to the Quik Trip at 4740 S. Arrowhead in response to an armed robbery and carjacking.
The victim told officers that he and two of his friends had taken his girlfriend to the emergency room at Centerpoint Hospital, 19600 E 39 St, Independence. The three males returned to their vehicle to smoke when they were approached by a white male asking for a ride.
According to the victim, the group drove the male to the Quik Trip located at 4740 S. Arrowhead. The victim went inside to pay for gas. When he returned to his vehicle the suspect pointed a black gun, which was stolen from a white 2002 GMC Envoy in the Centerpoint parking lot during an attempted carjacking, at him, laughed and said “You are getting robbed!” The suspect stole the car and fled the scene.
On Friday, January 18, 2013 at 3:15 a.m. Lee’s Summit officers were called to the Seven Eleven gas station, 909 SW Oldham Parkway, in regards to an attempted carjacking.
Lee’s Summit Police met up with the victim at the scene. The victim told police that he was pumping gas when the suspect said he was going to take the victim’s vehicle. The victim jumped into his vehicle after the suspect who proceeded to pull out his gun.
The two men fought over the gun as the car began to exit the gas station. The gun discharged into the front passenger floorboard, crossed Oldham Parkway and ran into a ditch. The suspect fled the scene after telling the suspect that he did not want to go to jail and that he has a child on the way.
The suspect was later spotted at a Belton address by a Cass County Deputy. The suspect fled on foot and was apprehended one block away by two Belton officers as he was attempting to steal another vehicle.
A Lee’s Summit Police Officer brought the victim to the scene who then confirmed the identity of the suspect. The victim stated that he was 100 percent positive it was him.
The suspect was identified as Robert J. Rule (W/M DOB: 11/5/93).
Independence Police Officers, while investigating the robbery/carjacking at Quik Trip, discovered that their suspect had been involved in a similar case in Lee’s Summit. The three male victims were brought to Cass County and indentified Robert J. Rule as the white male who had carjacked them earlier that day.
Rule was taken into custody and transported to an Independence Police Department Detention Unit where he was read his rights and interviewed.
Rule said he and two others were driving around and breaking into cars with a previously stolen vehicle from an unknown location.
Lee’s Summit Police Officers attempted to stop him but he fled the scene.
When arriving in Independence, Rule ran into a ditch and deflated a tire. The group drove to Centerpoint Hospital to find another vehicle.
According to Rule, they attempted to steal a white SUV type vehicle but were unable to get the vehicle to start. Rule found a black gun inside the vehicle, which the tucked into his waistband.
The group went back to their previous vehicle and attempted to change the tire.
According to the probable cause document, Rule said that he lost sight of the others and approached a group of guys asking them for a ride. At Quik Trip he told the men he had a gun and to get out of the car. Rule claims he did not point the gun at the group of males.
Rule drove the vehicle to Lee’s Summit where he attempted to steal another vehicle at Seven Eleven.
According to Rule, after the vehicle ran into a ditch he and the victim fought over the gun until it discharged into the floor. The victim took the gun and hit Rule in the head several times.
Rule managed to get out of the vehicle, return to his previous vehicle, and flee the scene. With police in pursuit, he fled to a friend’s home in Cass County where he was later apprehended.
Rule told police that he had ruined his and his family’s life. He admitted that his plan was to steal things and vehicles to sell for money. He said he felt like he had no other choice.
Rule has been charged with committing the Class A felony of first degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action, and the Class B felony of first degree attempted robbery.
Prosecutors have requested a cash bond of $200,000.
Rule has a total of eight felonies in the last four months.
Other charges listed with the Missouri court system include:
Charges of Tampering With Motor Vehicle and Theft/Stealing (Value of Property or Services is Less Than $500) were filed against Rule on June 6, 2012. Rule was found guilty and placed on five year probation. These charges were made in Ray County.
On August 23, 2012, the charges of Fraudulent Use of Credit/Debit Device (Value of $500 or More) and Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop by Fleeing Creating A Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death to Any Person were filed against Rule. These charges were made in Cass County.
Rule plead guilty. His sentence of four years incarceration was suspended to five years supervised probation.
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