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Armed Robber Arrested Monday

Francisco Javier Mercado-ChavezASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Police Department arrested Francisco Javier Mercado-Chavez for armed robbery on Monday. On Feb. 8th, 2014 at about 8:30 p.m., officers were sent to the Astro Gas Station at 449 E. Main St. in Ashland for a report of an armed robbery in progress.

The clerk at the gas station said she was approached by a man who stated that he wanted to buy cigarettes. The suspect, Mercado-Chavez, then told her he was there to rob the gas station and touched a handgun he had tucked away.

The clerk complied with the suspect’s demand and turned money over to the suspect. Ashland Police are not releasing the amount of money stolen at this time.

Several agencies assisted with finding and arresting Mercado-Chavez.