Four arrested in Sonic robbery

November 17, 2012

Two adults and two teenagers have been arrested after allegedly robbing Sonic restaurants in Sedalia and Windsor.

Sedalia residents Jeffrey D. Buckner, 21, and Xavier D. Washington, 23, are both charged with first-degree robbery and are being held on $350,000 bonds for their roles in the robbery.

According to reports, on Nov. 5 four black men wearing scarves over their faces walked into the Sonic at 2800 S. Limit Ave. One suspect was holding a gun and demanded employees open the safe. The men left the restaurant with an undisclosed amount of money. On Sunday night, three of the men went to a Sonic in Windsor, again demanding money and assaulted several employees. The restaurant’s employees fought back and the men fled the scene without taking anything. Surveillance footage led law enforcement officers to suspect Buckner, who was arrested Wednesday afternoon; Washington was arrested early Thursday morning.

The two other suspects involved are 14 and 15 years old and were taken into custody by the Pettis County Juvenile Office. According to Chief Juvenile Officer Mike Hughes, both have “quite a past” with the office.

“I’m going to seek to certify them as adults so they can be charged under the general law, rather than the juvenile system,” Hughes said. “There are multiple factors that come into play when deciding something like this, but we felt it was necessary.”

According to Sedalia Police Department Det. Daniel Benner, the men all knew each other and were friends.

“Because of the cooperation between our department, the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to apprehend the suspects quickly,” Benner said. “We’d also like to thank the public for the tips received during our investigation.”

The juveniles are being held at the Johnson County Juvenile Center in Warrensburg while Buckner and Washington are held at the Pettis County Jail.