Suspect in DQ robbery in custody

CALCUTTA -A man taken into custody early Saturday morning by St. Clair Township police is being looked at in connection with a robbery Friday night at the Wellsville Dairy Queen.

Wellsville police had responded about 10:30 p.m. to a report of a man wearing a ski mask and gloves brandishing a knife at the Third Street Dairy Queen and running off with the cash register drawer.

The man entered a vehicle after fleeing down Lisbon Street, and township police Chief Don Hyatt said Saturday a broadcast went out for all police departments to be looking for a teal-colored Cavalier and its occupants.

About 2:15 a.m., K-9 officer Chris Davis spotted such a vehicle near the Four Seasons Mini Mart on Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road and pulled it over, where he determined the driver, Brandi Howell of Wellsville had multiple outstanding warrants.

She was taken into custody, and canine officer Axel was used to search the vehicle. While searching, Davis pulled down the back portion of the rear seat and found John Jarvis Jr., 36, also of Wellsville, inside the trunk.

Hyatt said Jarvis matched the description given of the suspect in the Dairy Queen robbery and also had two outstanding felony drug warrants so was taken into custody.

According to Hyatt, items considered to be evidence were found in the trunk along with Jarvis. He said officers have not yet determined why Jarvis was inside the trunk.

A 29-year-old Cleveland man was also in the vehicle but had no outstanding warrants and was not taken into custody.

The vehicle was impounded by township police and turned over to Wellsville police on Saturday, with village Lt. Ed Wilson saying a search warrant will be sought so the vehicle can be thoroughly searched.

Hyatt said he does not expect any charges to be filed by his department in connection with the incident.