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  • Suspect in Astro Gas station robbery arrested

  • Police arrested a Medford man on Monday more than five months after he allegedly robbed the Astro gas station in downtown Ashland.
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  • Police arrested a Medford man on Monday more than five months after he allegedly robbed the Astro gas station in downtown Ashland.
    Francisco Javier Mercado-Chavez, 41, no address given, is being held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree theft. His bail is set at more than $1 million, jail records show.
    The charges stem from a Feb. 8 incident. A little after 8 p.m., Mercado-Chavez allegedly approached the lone clerk on duty at Astro and asked to buy cigarettes. Ashland police reported he then told the woman he was going to rob the gas station and tapped a handgun he had tucked into his waistband. The woman handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The man fled on foot.
    Gas station security cameras and other pieces of evidence were used in identifying Mercado-Chavez as a suspect, police said. A tip via Crimestoppers helped lead to his arrest, they said.
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