Merriam arrests suspect in 7-Eleven armed robbery, man faces attempted murder charge

Footage from the 7-Eleven surveillance camera shows the robber pointing a gun at the clerk.
Footage from the 7-Eleven surveillance camera shows the robber pointing a gun at the clerk.

Merriam police announced today that they had identified and arrested a suspect in connection with the armed robbery at an Antioch Road 7-Eleven early Wednesday morning.

A Javon Dean Mills of Overland Park was booked in Johnson County Jail Thursday on charges of attempted murder.

The suspect turned himself in to police Thursday after surveillance photos and video from the incident were widely distributed by police after the robbery. Merriam Police Chief Mike Daniels said the one of his officers had come up with a possible identity for the suspect as a person to whom he had given a ride a couple of weeks ago. He dropped that person off near the 7-Eleven and the officer still had the name in his notebook.

Police had been investigating the armed robbery that occurred early Wednesday morning at the 7-Eleven in the 6800 block of Antioch. The store clerk was shot during the robbery and taken to a local hospital, listed in stable condition on Wednesday.