Teen suspect confesses to shooting cab driver in robbery

Thursday, January 24, 2002

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff teen-ager has confessed to allegedly firing the shot that struck a local cab driver during a robbery gone bad.

This came after the 13-year-old was taken into custody Tuesday, according to Poplar Bluff Police Capt. Cliff Morris.

Morris said the boy was found hiding inside a clothes dryer in a house on North C Street.

Authorities had been looking for the juvenile in connection with the incident on Thursday night.

According to earlier reports, Shannon L. Arbuckle, 27, was shot in the back of the head during an alleged robbery attempt while he was parked in front of a residence on Benton Street.

Arbuckle, who drove himself back to Bluff City Cab, was later treated and released from a hospital in the immediate area.

A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody Friday and reportedly confessed to his role in the alleged robbery. Both teens are being held at the Butler-Ripley County Juvenile Center.

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