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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • 3 arrested in connection with Subway robbery

  • A Rolla Subway restaurant employee and two Rolla men have been arrested in connection with a report of an armed robbery that took place earlier this month at the eatery on Forum Drive in Rolla.
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  • A Rolla Subway restaurant employee and two Rolla men have been arrested in connection with a report of an armed robbery that took place earlier this month at the eatery on Forum Drive in Rolla.
    The Subway employee, Jessica R. Taylor, 21, of Rolla, was arrested for stealing, filing a false report and tampering with evidence.
    Michael J. Wallenfang, 19, of Rolla, was arrested for stealing in connection with the incident.
    Dustin W. Taylor, 19, of Rolla, was arrested during a separate investigation and was issued a summons for the charge of stealing related to this robbery investigation.
    According to the Rolla Police Department, officers received a 911 call around 10:30 p.m. April 10 about an alleged armed robbery at Subway located in the 900 block of Forum Drive in Rolla.
    It was initially was reported that a suspect dressed in a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, black mask, black gloves and blue jeans, approached an employee, identified as Jessica Taylor, in the parking lot, armed with an edged-weapon.
    Court documents state Jessica Taylor told police the suspect was a man with a knife who approached her outside while she was closing the store.
    “The suspect allegedly forced the victim back into the restaurant. He then demanded money from the cash register,” an RPD news release stated. “An undisclosed amount of money was turned over to the suspect at which time he reportedly fled the scene running south on Forum Drive.”
    Police said the suspect could not be located after an immediate search of the area and that the employee reported receiving minor injuries.
    The employee was interviewed twice, and a Rolla police detective stated there were multiple inconsistencies and discrepancies in her story of what occurred.
    Court documents state that during the second interview, Rolla police asked the employee for her consent to conduct a forensic examination of her cellphone since she reportedly used it to call 911.
    The employee denied consent and initially told police her cellphone was at home, but it was later discovered in her vehicle when she was escorted to her car by police.
    Court documents state she removed the SIM card from her cellphone and began chewing on it. “She then removed the SIM card from her mouth and finished breaking it in half,” a Rolla police detective wrote in the probable cause statement.
    Dillon told the Rolla Daily News that information leading to the other two suspects believed to be involved were discovered later during more interviews conducted after the SIM card incident. Those subsequent interviews “really opened up the case,” Dillon said.
    People who have additional information pertaining to this case should call Detective Derrick Dillon of the RPD at 573-308-1213, or the RPD’s confidential tip hotline at 573-364-0111.
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