Man Accused In Cash America, Kroger's Robbery Caught In Georgia

Video from the Kroger robbery.
Video from the Kroger robbery.
Video from the Kroger robbery.
Video from the Kroger robbery.

Longview and Marshall Police announced today that they have caught the man responsible for a murder and two robberies in Marshall and Longview.

On December 10th, 2007, a man attacked Melvin Brad Mitchell, 56, of Longview, and robbed him.  Mitchell, a manager at the Cash America Pawn Shop in Longview, was leaving to make a deposit at a nearby bank when he was accosted. Mitchell was shot and killed, and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken in the robbery. Desmond Dewayne Jackson, 26, was arrested for this robbery and murder by a Dekalb County Fugitive Task Force.

On January 9th, 2008, a Marshall Kroger was robbed at gunpoint. In the course of the Cash America Pawn arrest, investigators discovered that Jackson was also involved in the Kroger robbery. A forensic match was made between a gun found in Longview and a cartridge casing recovered in Marshall.

After being arrested, Jackson gave up his accomplice, 23 year old James Anthony Roberson, who was the assistant manager at the Marshall Kroger's that was robbed. Roberson apparently provided inside information to Jackson to facilitate the robbery.

The gunman in both cases was Jackson. He had residences both in Longview and in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Marshall Police Department, Longview Police Department, and the Dekalb, Georgia Police Department worked together to arrest Jackson. Jackson was arrested in Dekalb, Georgia, yesterday.

Roberson was arrested in Marshall.

Jackson has been charged with Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery. Roberson has been charged with being an accomplice to Aggravated Robbery.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting.

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