A Cape Girardeau man has been implicated in the October robbery of a convenience store in which the suspect left the clerk bloodied before making off with cash. 47-year old Patrick Rayford was already in custody on unrelated stealing charges when aggravated felony counts of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action were filed by prosecutors Tuesday. Judge Gary Kamp issued a warrant on the new charges and set bond at $100,000. A hearing has yet to be scheduled. Police say they believe Rayford went to the Jaspers Convenience Store at 407 Morgan Oak Street and assaulted the 52-year-old female clerk by demanding money and then hitting her on the forehead with a Heineken beer bottle. He then took money from the register and fled. Rayford was questioned by police when he was arrested earlier this month on another matter. Rayford faces a possible life sentence on the aggravated charges.
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