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APD PRESS RELEASE Arrest Armed Robbery of Astro Gas Station APD Case 14-304

Re:  APD Case 14-304
Armed Robbery of Astro Gas Station
UPDATE:  07/22/14
On 07/21/14, Francisco Javier Mercado-Chavez - DOB 06/02/73, was arrested for the above
Robbery.  A crime stoppers tip led to the arrest.
Suspect: Hispanic male adult, late 30ís to early 40ís, mustache, with a slight goatee or
beard, wearing a black beanie style hat, a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
On February 8, 2014 at approximately 8:25 p.m. officers were dispatched to the Atro Gas Station at 
449 E. Main Street for a report of an armed robbery. The clerk at the gas station reported that she 
was approached by a man (described above) who stated that he wanted to buy cigarettes. The suspect 
then stated that he was there to rob the gas station, and touched a handgun that he had tucked into 
his waist band.
The clerk complied with the suspectís demand and turned money over to the suspect. We are not 
releasing the amount of money stolen at this time. The suspect fled on foot, northbound across 
Lithia Way.
Officers from several agencies responded to assist with the attempts to locate the suspect, 
including a K9 team from the Medford Police.
Several pieces of evidence, including images the gas stations security cameras, were collected and 
will be analyzed in an attempt to identify the suspect.
Pictures of the suspect can be obtained from the Ashland Police Department during business hours.
If anyone has information on this case, they are encouraged to call the Ashland police
Department at 541-482-5211. They can also call the anonymous tipline at 541-552-2333.
*Press inquiries please contact Deputy Chief Tighe OíMeara  at 541-482-5211*

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