Two in custody for Rhodes armed robbery on May 13

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Cape Girardeau police have apprehended two of the three suspects believed to have robbed the Rhodes Convenience store, 449 S. Kingshighway, at gunpoint earlier this month.

Currently in custody at the Cape Girardeau County Jail are Jerry E. Bridges, 21, and his brother, William L. Bridges, 18, both of 715 Second St., Tamms, Ill.

A warrant has been issued for a third suspect, Stephen D. Prater, 20, of Route 1, Thebes, who remains at large.

All three suspects are charged with one count each of felony first degree robbery and felony armed criminal action. Bond for each suspect is $75,000.

According to Cape Girardeau police, two of the suspects allegedly entered the Rhodes Convenience Store around 12:20 a.m. May 13; one reportedly was armed with a shotgun. They got away with an undetermined amount of money. Further investigation by police turned up a third suspect.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Prater is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 332-0500 or the Cape Girardeau Police Department 335-6621.

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