UPDATE March 7:
A 17-year-old male was arrested on March 5 in connection with a Feb. 20 armed robbery in Monmouth.
The arrest was made at approximately 11 a.m. "at a government office in Dallas," Monmouth Police Lt. Isaiah Haines said.
The juvenile was transported to the Yamhill Juvenile Detention Center and charged with second-degree robbery, menacing, first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
MONMOUTH — One man has been arrested and one is still at large in connection with an armed robbery at a Monmouth convenience store.
Feliciano Mata, 21, of Independence, was arrested and charged with second-degree robbery on Feb. 20.
He also is charged with unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to the Polk County Jail inmate roster.
At about midnight on Feb. 20, Monmouth Police were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at the Neighborhood Market & Deli, 152 Main St. W., according to an MPD news release. An employee of the store reported that two males entered the store, one brandishing a firearm, and demanded money from the till.
After taking all of the money from the till, about $1,000, both males left the store and fled the area. The employee was not injured.
According to a probable cause affidavit, one suspect wearing a black and white hoodie with “Brooklyn” across the chest, entered the store by himself. He asked the employee for a certain type of cigar, which the employee had never heard of.
The suspect left the store, but went back inside a couple of minutes later followed by a second suspect. According to the affidavit, surveillance footage shows the second suspect was wearing a green camo jacket, black pants, white shoes and his face was covered with black fabric. He was carrying a gun in his right hand.
The second suspect pointed the gun at the store employee and “(made) the first suspect put the money from the cash register into a black bag that he was carrying,” the affidavit states. “In the video it appears that they leave the store together.”
Officers and deputies from the Independence Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Salem Police Department responded to assist. A K-9 track was attempted, but was ultimately unsuccessful in locating the suspects.
At approximately 1:42 a.m., a Monmouth police officer searching the area located a male subject walking several blocks from the store. The individual’s physical description and clothing description matched that of unmasked suspect.
Further investigation confirmed Mata was one of the suspects involved in the armed robbery. MPD Lt. Isaiah Haines said the other suspect was described as about 6 feet tall, possibly Pacific Islander or Caucasian, wearing a green camo hoodie and a black bandanna covering his face.
Stolen vehicle reported
At about 5:12 a.m. on Feb. 20, a caller reported her vehicle was stolen from her driveway in the 400 block of North Ash Street.
She had purchased the vehicle about a year ago from Mata’s father, according to court documents.
It was found at about 11:15 a.m. in the 5200 block of Riddell Road in Monmouth.
Officers searched the vehicle for any evidence related to the armed robbery and found a black ski mask.
Mata was charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing.