Charges have been filed against a St. Joseph, Mo. man who allegedly fired shots after robbing the Trex Mart in Dearborn, Mo. on the night before Halloween.
Dylan Cornett, already identified as the suspect in a similar incident earlier in the night at Farris Truck Stop in Faucett, Mo., faces one felony count each of robbery and armed criminal action. He remains in custody at the Buchanan County Detention Center in connection with the other crime.
According to court documents, Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded on the night of Monday, Oct. 30 to the Trex Mart.
Witnesses at the scene said a white male in a blue hooded sweatshirt and camouflaged shorts — matching the description of the suspect in the robbery and shots fired incident that occurred earlier, 9 miles to the north — entered the store and walked to the beer cooler. A second male entered the store and talked to the first suspect.
The two men walked to the front of the store, and the second man to enter stopped at the counter to talk to the clerk, while the first exited the store with a 30-pack of beer, according to court documents.
A witness, who was an employee but not working at the time, followed the man outside and yelled at him to get his attention. According to court documents, the man placed the beer on the ground, retrieved a gun from his waistband and fired two shots at the ground.
The two men then entered a white minivan, matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the earlier crime, and drove away toward Interstate 29.
After identifying the two suspects, law enforcement officials interviewed Cornett at the Buchanan County Detention Center. He allegedly admitted to being up for several days doing drugs and drinking alcohol, having bought a gun for protection over the weekend.
According to court documents, Cornett admitted to being in the Trex Mart, stealing the beer and having a confrontation in the parking lot but said he did not remember firing the weapon. He declined to reveal the location of the gun, which he said was “where no one would ever find it.”
No charges have been filed at this time against the second suspect.