A Jefferson City man has been charged in connection with two attempted robberies that occurred Monday night.
Demetrius Jones, 29, is charged with one count of first-degree attempted robbery and one count of second-degree attempted robbery.
The first attempted robbery occurred just before 8 p.m. at Little Caesars Pizza on Eastland Drive, according to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements. An employee said a man, later identified as Jones, entered the store and implied he had a weapon and would cause bodily harm if he was not given money from the business. He fled the store on foot without getting any money.
The second incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. at Break Time on Clark Avenue. This time Jones allegedly entered the business with a wooden baseball bat and demanded money from the clerk, breaking out a glass display window and the debit card machine at the counter with the bat. Jones allegedly then came around the corner and struck the clerk in the head with the bat. The clerk fought with Jones, who eventually fled on foot and did not get any money.
During the fight, Jones dropped his cellphone. The clerk was able to identify Jones through a photo lineup.
Jones was arrested Wednesday. When questioned by authorities, he admitted to committing both attempted robberies.