By Darrell Todd Maurina
A Clovis man is being held without bond, accused of attacking a police officer following a Friday night robbery at the Chevron gas station on the 900 block of North Prince. But police reported they are not certain the man who attacked an officer was the robber.
About 7:40 p.m. Friday, police responded to a report the station had been robbed by a man who handed the clerk a $1 bill, asked for change and jumped the counter to take most of the $10 bills in the cash register. The suspect then fled eastbound on Ninth Street.
According to the report, officers located a man about 8 p.m. Friday in the area of Eighth and Walnut streets, who was sweating and breathing heavily as if he had been running. Police stopped him because he met the description of the person who robbed the gas station. When an officer began to search him, he turned around, struck the officer with his elbow and fled before being caught at the 700 block of Sycamore, reports show.
Police later identified the man as DeJacka E. Stapleton, 30, and transported him to the Curry County Detention Center. Jail officials said he was booked for battery on a police officer and resisting, evading or obstructing a police officer, as well as violating probation on a Nov. 20 conviction for attempted robbery. He is being held without bond.
Stapleton has not been charged with the gas station robbery; police are still reviewing videotapes.
The robber left a $1 bill on the gas station counter and police reported they were testing it for fingerprints.