What was originally reported to Altus Police as an assault and battery at the Valero convenience store, 1800 N. Main, is now being investigated as a robbery. A 22-year-old Altus man has also been arrested in connection with the crime.
According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, police responded Tuesday afternoon at around 4:20 p.m. to the convenience store after the victim called and stated a subject walked behind the counter and began hitting her in the face. She described the suspect as a black male in his twenties.
Murphy said that after the beating, witnesses observed the suspect exiting the store and leaving the area in a red and black Chevrolet pickup. Another witness reported to police that they followed the suspect and vehicle to the 900 block of N. Blain. Police then located that vehicle in the driveway of 1316 N. Blain.
“The suspect, 22-year-old Deshon Michael Young, was located inside the house and taken into custody,” said Murphy. “e was later arrested on charges of 1st degree robbery after police discovered he had also stolen some tobacco products from the store.”
The victim was transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital by EMS personnel for injuries to her mouth and face.
Murphy said that investigators also charged Young with lewd exhibition and aggravated assault and battery. This came after police investigated a report of a black male exposing himself to a female Monday afternoon, and later returning to that residence in the 900 block of N. Benson and attacking her while she was in her back yard. Murphy said that in that case, the victim was also transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital. The victim was later released for the injuries she suffered during the attack.
“Altus police are thankful and appreciate the efforts of the citizens who got involved in helping apprehend this suspect,” said Murphy. “It’s about citizens and law enforcement working together to make our community safer and this is certainly an example of those efforts.”