Cape Girardeau, MO man found guilty of Charleston robbery

Cape Girardeau, MO man found guilty of Charleston robbery
Charleston DPS arrested Bland on robbery and armed criminal action charges

CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau, Missouri man was arrested after an armed robbery took place in Charleston on September 11, 2017.

Gabriel Bland, 18, was found guilty of robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action. The bench trial was held July 27, 2018, in Charleston. On August 2 Judge Blake Pearson gave his guilty verdict on both accounts.

He is scheduled for a court appearance on August 22.

According to an officer with the Charleston Department of Public Safety, around 11:21 p.m. a man arrived at the 200 block of North Main Street, the Charleston DPS Headquarters, saying he was just robbed at gun point.

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Officer Coleman spoke with the man and was told a robbery occurred at his home.

According to Coleman, the victim said in his front yard two men were speaking to him when one of them, later identified as Bland, displayed a .22 caliber revolver from his waist band, pointed a gun at him and told him to "give him everything he's got."

The victim said he was friends with the suspect and identified him to police.

He told Coleman he only had his iPhone 7 on his person which he handed over to the other, unidentified, man.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, a photo lineup was compiled by the Missouri Information Analysis Center. Bland was identified as the robbery suspect.

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