Police arrest serial armed robbery suspect

Published: Apr. 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2016 at 6:11 PM EDT
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Jason Claude Mathes (Source: LMDC)
Jason Claude Mathes (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police in Louisville and Shively believe they have solved seven armed robbery cases with the arrest of one man.

Jason Claude Mathes, 35, of Louisville, was arrested April 21 by Shively police.

Arrest reports for Mathes state the robbery spree started on March 30 when he held up Hunters Market at 6303 Lower Hunters Trace. Mathes is also charged with two robberies on April 11 - the Circle K at 4301 Preston Highway and Aladdin's Food Mart at 2323 Rockford Lane.

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Police said Mathes then robbed the Dollar General at 7300 St. Andrews Church Road on April 14 and New York Clothes in the 8500 block of Preston Highway on April 16. Surveillance video shows the suspect smacking the store clerk across the face, while demanding money.

On April 19, police said Mathes held Jaclyn Gosser at gunpoint and drove away in her vehicle to flee the scene. It happened at Thornton's on Dixie Highway in Shively. He also took her purse and cell phone.

The final robbery happened one hour later, when Shively police said Mathes drove the stolen car to Walgreen's at 7338 Dixie Highway and pointed a gun at a clerk while demanding money. Mathes fled in the car he had previously stolen.

Thursday evening, a woman driving southbound on Dixie Highway, recognized the stolen car and called Shively police. When police attempted to stop the vehicle Mathes jumped out of the car and fled on foot. The driver-less car hit a fence.

He was arrested and is facing 10 criminal charges, including seven counts of robbery in first degree, one count of theft by unlawful taking, fleeing and evading police, first degree and criminal mischief second degree due to property damage that happened while he ran from police.

In 1996, Mathes was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery. Since 2010, he has been charged criminally in Indiana, Alabama and Florida.

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