Man who pulled a knife on a Walmart employee yesterday is now charged

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31-year-old Joplin man now sits in Joplin city jail

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Police Department says Richard Turpin, 31, is facing 1st degree robbery charges.

Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Turpin tried to steal items from the Neighborhood Market on East 7th Street, when an employee caught him.

Officers say that’s when he pulled a knife and made threats to the employee. Turpin then dropped the items and ran from the store before officers were contacted.

He was later found and arrested.

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