More than a week after a gas station robbery, the Mobile Police Department confirmed the man responsible was a local, elected constable.
On Friday, Oct. 16, officers responded to robbery to an individual at the Pride Gas Station on St. Stephens Road. John Arnold Jr., 48, was identified by the victim as the man who robbed him.
According to police, Arnold placed his hand on a weapon he was carrying in a holster and demanded he exit the vehicle. When the victim refused, Arnold reached inside the vehicle, removed a CD player and left the location.After the incident, police arrested Arnold, who was in possession of marijuana and three weapons.
Arnold, an elected Alabama State Constable representing Alabama Precinct 33, was formally charged with first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm.
However, it’s not his first brush with local law enforcement. Arnold has previous charges in Mobile County including menacing, theft of property and unauthorized breaking and entering a vehicle.
Arnold was also brought into court as part of an investigation into several constables after he allegedly struck a pedestrian while leading a funeral procession in March.
According to Mobile Metro Jail records, Arnold was still in police custody as of Wednesday, Oct. 28.