Jack in the Box robber sentenced to 25 years

Jack in the Box robber sentenced to 25 years

Ronald Thomas Johnson, 30, was sentenced by Judge John Stevens August 7 for aggravated robbery of Jack In The Box located at 590 East Washington Boulevard in Beaumont, Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham said in a release.

Johnson, a former employee of Jack In The Box, was apprehended nearby in the parking lot of a Speedy Stop by an officer who observed Johnson walking away from the Jack In The Box.

Johnson was read his Miranda warnings and confessed to robbing Jack In The Box by pulling out what he described as a “BB gun." Johnson stated he caught a ride with another male subject to the Speedy Stop. While the other male entered the store, Johnson went across the street under the pretense of getting something to eat. He walked to the drive-thru and pointed the gun at a femaleclerk and demanded money. The clerk complied and Johnson left, walking back to the Speedy Stop.

He tossed the gun in some landscaping nearby. The BB gun was recovered where he tossed it.

A Beaumont police officer was sitting at the Speedy Stop when the call went out and stopped Johnson before he could get away. He found Johnson had a black scarf tied around his neck and money in a Jack In The Box bag. After confessing, he was placed under arrest for aggravated robbery.

Johnson had a prior conviction where he received 10 years for aggravated robbery in 2010 in Rusk County. He was on parole for the prior aggravated robbery at the time he committed the aggravated robbery at Jack In The Box.

The case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant DistrictAttorney Mike Laird.

“Prison awaits for those who rob, even with a BB Gun," Laird stated in the release.

- Jefferson County District Attorney's Office