Detectives Arrest Convenience Store Robbery Suspect
May 27, 2008
arrested 21-year-old robbery suspect Marc Antoine Stovall of
Mesa late last night after conducting a high risk traffic stop
in the area of the 202 freeway and 40th Street in Phoenix.
Investigators believe that on the evening of April 27, 2008,
Stovall entered the 7-11 convenience store located at 839 S.
Stapley in Mesa. At the time, Stovall selected merchandise and
brought the items to the check out counter. During the
transaction Stovall indicated that he wanted one of the items, a
roll of duct tape to be voided from the transaction. After the
transaction was completed Stovall left the store without
Approximately one hour later Stovall returned to the store. On
this occasion, Stovall selected beer from the store display and
brought it to the check out counter to complete the transaction.
The clerk, a 46-year-old female, asked Stovall for
identification. Stovall presented photo identification and the
clerk made a comment about his first name. Stovall grabbed his
identification back from the clerk and produced a handgun. He
pointed the handgun at the clerk and motioned for her to walk to
the back room. The clerk complied and they made their way to the
back office area of the store. Stovall ordered the clerk into
the bathroom, where he restrained her with duct tape. Stovall
left the clerk in the bathroom and attempted to block the door
with items from the office.
Stovall then went back into the main store area and started
working at the checkout counter. Stovall was helping customers
when the clerk came out of the back room, pointing a gun at him.
Stovall noticed that the clerk had escaped from the bathroom and
he quickly fled on foot. An immediate audit of the cash register
showed that an undisclosed amount of cash was in fact missing.
During the investigation, detectives discovered that Stovall had
actually come to the store earlier in the day and identified
himself as a trainee from another 7-11 location. At that time
Stovall was shown how to use the cash register. Investigators
believe that Stovall made a phone call to the store, falsely
representing himself as a 7-11 employee and arranged to be
trained at the 7-11 store on Stapley.
Stovall was positively identified as the suspect in this case.
During a post-Miranda interview, Stovall admitted to the crime.
He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of
Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, and 3rd Degree Burglary. The Mesa
Police Department would like to thank the Arizona Department of
Public Safety for assisting with the capture of the suspect.