Crockett armed robbery suspect turns self in, says 'I done something bad'

Jason Kelley (Source: KTRE Staff)
Jason Kelley (Source: KTRE Staff)

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Nine hours after he allegedly robbed a convenience store in Crockett Sunday night, the suspect came into the police department and told officers, "I done something bad and want to turn myself in."

Jason Kelley, 45, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County jail on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery. No information was available on his bail amount.

According to a press release, Crockett Police officers were dispatched to Mike's Corner Store, which is located in the 1200 block East Loop 304 in reference to an armed robbery. Witnesses at the scene, described the suspect as a white man who was 6-foot to 6-foot-2 between 40 and 45 years of age.

After the suspect, who was later identified as Kelley, purchased two pieces of gum, he allegedly went around the counter and brandished a weapon as he ordered the cashier to hand over all of the money. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.

Although police officers "flooded the area' in an attempt to find the suspect, they were unsuccessful.

Then at approximately 5 a.m. Monday, a man came into the Crockett Police Department and told officers, "I done something bad and want to turn myself in."

Crockett PD detectives were notified, and they interviewed the man, who was identified as Kelley. At that time, he allegedly confessed to robbing the store.

The press release stated that physical and visual evidence collected at the scene backed up information that Kelley provided with his interview with the detectives. He was arrested and transported to the Houston County Jail.

Crockett Police Chief David Cross said that Kelley turning himself in could be the beginning on the road to recovery.

"Any time a person realizes that they have done wrong and will come and confront that and confess like he did," Cross said. "To me it is the first step he can do to get himself back on track. On the other end of that spectrum, any time you walk into a convenience store and commit aggravated robbery, it is a serious offense. I'm sure the district attorney will deal with him accordingly."

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