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Robbery suspect arrested

David Americus Hixon

Medford police arrested a man Tuesday who allegedly committed a string of robberies armed with a BB gun.

On Sunday, at 5:06 p.m., Medford police were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at Walgreens, 210 E. Barnett Road.

Police said the suspect had entered the store, approached an employee at the counter, produced a handgun, demanded money, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was wearing dark clothing and a black ski mask, police said.

On Tuesday at 10:50 a.m., an armed robbery was reported at Lumpy's restaurant, 801 S. Riverside Ave. The suspect description matched that of the man involved in the Sunday robbery at Walgreens. In both cases, the suspect displayed a handgun, police said.

Video surveillance from both robberies was obtained and analyzed, according to police.

At 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, an officer spotted a man walking on South Central Avenue who matched the description of the robber. The man, identified as David Americus Hixon, 59, was staying at a nearby motel.

Hixon, who is on parole for second-degree assault, was interviewed and booked into the Jackson County Jail on two counts of second-degree robbery. He is being held on $200,000 bail, police added.

Police said they recovered a BB gun that resembles a real firearm and is believed to have been used during the robberies.