Man Charged with Doughnut Store Robbery

Man Charged with Doughnut Store Robbery

When Willie Lee Jackson entered a Dunkin' Donuts store, last month, say police, he wanted dough — but not the edible kind. Instead of having a hankering for sweet treats, they say he just had an appetite for cash.

Accordingly, Fairfax County police have charged Jackson, 24, of 4104 Monument Court, No. 303, in Fair Oaks, with the Sept. 7 robbery of the Dunkin' Donuts store at 6699-C Frontier Drive in Springfield.

In an Oct. 5 affidavit for a warrant to search his home for the handgun used and the clothing worn by the robber during the crime, police Det. Paul Alexander detailed the case against Jackson. He wrote that, during the evening of Sept. 7, a black male wearing gray sweatpants, a white T-shirt and a black "dew rag" entered the business and robbed it.

"Upon entering the store and going to the front counter, the suspect stated, 'You know what to do,'" wrote the detective. "And at the same time, [he] lifted up his T-shirt, displaying the grip of a handgun." Initially, the female clerk was too scared to comply with the robber's demands.

So at this point, wrote Alexander, "The suspect walked around to the side gate and tried to gain entry behind the counter, but the gate was locked. [He] then walked back to the front of the counter and again demanded the victim give him the money."

She was finally able to get the cash register open. "The clerk then took the cash out of the register and put it on the counter, and the suspect grabbed [it]," wrote Alexander. "[He] then requested that the clerk lift the cash drawer in an attempt to locate more money."

The robber then told the clerk to lie on the floor and not move. She complied, and then he left the store with the cash. However, the incident was recorded by a closed-circuit TV security system.

Alexander wrote that a confidential informant allegedly identified Jackson as the doughnut-store robber. Then, at the direction of the police, this person telephoned Jackson. "During the phone call, the informant stated to Jackson that there was a wanted poster with his picture on it at the jail," wrote the detective. "In response, Jackson [allegedly] said, 'You got to really know me to know who it is.'"

In addition, after police arrested Jackson on Oct. 4, they interviewed him. During that time, stated Alexander, "A closer inspection [reportedly] confirmed that the subject in the video was Jackson."

Police executed the search warrant at his red-brick condo, last Wednesday, Oct. 6. Authorities seized a pair of gray sweatpants, two white T-shirts, two bandanas — one black and one dark blue, plus a white, Sean John brand, long-sleeved shirt.

Jackson is being held without bond at the Adult Detention Center and has a Nov. 22 court date. If convicted, he could receive as much as five years to life in prison.