Lexington Police Arrest 3 Suspects In Violent Robbery, Beating

Monday, April 25th 2011, 5:36 pm
By: News 9


LEXINGTON, Oklahoma -- Lexington police have arrested three people suspected of robbing a convenience store and brutally beating a clerk.

Two masked men walked into the One East Convenience on Highway 39 on March 30. One of the masked men pulled a gun on the clerk, but the employee still fought back. He struggled with the suspect and pulled off his mask. Police say that's when one of the suspects began beating the clerk.

"In all my years of law enforcement, I haven't seen a beating that bad", said Lexington Police Chief Deana Standridge. "They beat that poor man so bad he had indentions in his skull from the blows."

The suspects took off with two cartons of cigarettes and some cash. Police believed at first they were only looking for two suspects, but they soon realized a third person drove a getaway car.

Police eventually arrested Aaron Hughes, Clinton Gray and Kristan Maloy. Hughes and Gray are suspected of robbing the store and Maloy is accused of driving the getaway car.

Police say surveillance video from the store provided invaluable evidence in the investigation. Police say Hughes told investigators he'd decided to rob the One East Convenience Store because he believed it did not have surveillance cameras.

Police also learned during the investigation that Hughes may have been planning a home invasion spree in Cleveland County. All three suspects were booked into the Cleveland County Jail. They face charges of first-degree robbery, assault and battery, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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