Patrick C. Rayford, 47, already was in custody on unrelated stealing charges when aggravated felony counts of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action were filed by prosecutors Tuesday. Judge Gary Kamp issued a warrant on the new charges and set bond at $100,000. No lawyer was listed in court documents and a hearing has yet to be scheduled.
Police said they believe Rayford went to the Jaspers Convenience Store at 407 Morgan Oak St., and assaulted the 52-year-old female clerk by demanding money and then hitting her on the forehead with a Heineken beer bottle, according to a police statement. He then took about $500 from the register and fled. Rayford was questioned by police when he was arrested earlier this month on another matter.
Rayford faces a possible life sentence on the aggravated charges.
407 Morgan Oak St., Cape Girardeau, Mo.