Two men who live together in Medford will bunk somewhere different Friday night.
Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed an East Medford lottery deli for cigarettes and scratch tickets; as well as his roommate, who is alleged to be his getaway driver.
Adrian Wyatt James King, 27, is accused of pointing a gun at a Purple Parrot employee at 1913 Delta Waters Road in Medford, and Robert Johnathan Gray, also 27, is accused of driving King, according to a Medford police release.
King and Gray, who live together in the 2000 block of Roberts Road, have each been arrested on a felony charge of second-degree robbery. As of Friday evening, both were held in the Jackson County Jail. No one was injured in the robbery, according to police.
The arrests were made within about 15 hours of the robbery, first reported at 3:33 a.m.
King allegedly walked into the establishment, showed a handgun to the lone employee as she was closing up, and demanded money from the safe, according to Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau. The employee couldn’t access the safe, Budreau said, but King allegedly made off with “numerous” scratch-off tickets and two cartons of Marlboro cigarettes, according to a release issued earlier in the day.
By Friday afternoon, Medford police identified King as a suspect in the robbery, according to an updated release, and arrested him Friday afternoon.
Police say they found evidence Gray was the getaway driver, but the connection hadn’t been released as of presstime.
Court records show King has multiple prior felony convictions for drug and property crimes. King was held in jail Friday without bail for violating his parole on a prior heroin possession conviction.
Gray additionally faces a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants. His bail totaled $105,000 as of Friday evening.
Police say it’s the second such incident in a week, but that second robbery is believed to be at the hands of another suspect
In a robbery that happened earlier in the week, a man walked into Peach Street Market, 424 S. Peach St., at about 9 a.m. Sunday, armed with a pistol. The perpetrator, described as a black adult male about 6 feet tall with a heavier build, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk complied, and the man fled with an unknown amount of cash, according to Budreau. Police were unable to locate him.
“Usually when we see several robberies in a similar time frame, it usually means it’s going to be one person, but not necessarily,” said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau. “Here we have two in a very close time frame, but completely different parts of the city, and completely different suspect descriptions.”
Anyone with information about either case is asked to contact Medford police at 541-770-4784.
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