2 charged in robbery of north Jackson gas station

JACKSON, Tenn. — A man and woman appeared Thursday in Jackson City Court on accusations of robbing an Exxon in north Jackson.

Taylor Ellington and Holly Roberson

Taylor Ellington, left, and Holly Roberson

Taylor Ellington and Holly Roberson are both charged in the Tuesday night robbery of the Exxon on Kenworth Drive in north Jackson, according to court papers. They both are charged with aggravated robbery.

The incident happened around 7:20 p.m. when a masked man later identified as Ellington robbed the store clerk before fleeing on foot toward Christmasville Road, according to an affidavit.

Investigators say he had a BB gun at the time of the robbery.

Police say store surveillance video shows Ellington take off the mask while running across the store’s parking lot.

A manager told police the man in the video looked like a customer named Taylor Ellington.

A witness reported seeing a black Buick Rendezvous driven by a white woman leaving the area.

Investigators learned that Ellington’s girlfriend, Roberson, drove a vehicle matching the description, according to the affidavit.

The witness told police the SUV ran the traffic light at Kenworth Drive and turned northbound onto Christmasville Road.

Officers found Ellington and Roberson around midnight at a motel on the Highway 45 Bypass.

Roberson gave officers permission to search her room and vehicle where police say they found evidence consistent with items used by Ellington during the robbery.

Investigators interviewed both suspects Wednesday afternoon. They say Ellington admitted to the robbery.

Police say Roberson admitted to dropping Ellington off in the store’s parking lot and waiting outside the Dollar General next door. She told police she was on the phone with Ellington until he told her to leave and then picked him up on Christmasville Road.

Both are being held in lieu of a $30,000 bond each.

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