Police: Concord man provided Suboxone, clothes to teen robbers

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Monitor staff
Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Concord man provided a 16-year-old with a piece of a Suboxone strip “to calm him down” and a change of clothes so the teenager wouldn’t be identified following an armed robbery of a city gas station, according to court documents made available Thursday.

Davein Jenkins, 45, is accused of assisting the teenager and a 15-year-old friend who police say robbed the Shell gas station on Loudon Road in late October. Police allege that Jenkins knew about the robbery in advance and cut the orange tip off a black BB gun because the 16-year-old wanted it to look like a “real gun” and not a “fake gun,” according to a sworn affidavit prepared by Concord police Det. Wade Brown.

Jenkins is facing felony counts of hindering apprehension, criminal liability for the conduct of another and acts prohibited for dispensing a controlled drug. He is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord; however, he was unable to appear in court “due to a serious medical condition” that had required his hospitalization, according to court records. The hearing was postponed until Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.

Concord police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Shell gas station on Oct. 21 at 12:22 a.m. The store clerk reported to police that two men had entered the gas station at 24 Loudon Road near Everett Arena wearing bandanas or shirts duct taped over part of their faces. One man approached the register and pointed a handgun at the clerk, while the second man stayed by the door as “an apparent lookout,” police said.

The clerk told police she handed over about 30 packs of Marlboro Red cigarettes and the register drawer, which contained about $50 to $70, the affidavit says.

Hours later, police released images of the suspects and asked for the public’s assistance in identifying them. That same day, the parents of the 16-year-old accompanied their son to the police department so he could turn himself in. The teenager confessed to committing the robbery with a friend, his mother told police.

The 16-year-old said Jenkins, whom he identified as a family friend, did not want to be involved in the robbery, “but did tell him to ‘do it smart,’ ” the affidavit reads.

When police spoke with Jenkins two days later, he told them “he had a ‘feeling’ the teenagers were going to ‘rob someone or something’ that night,” Brown wrote. “Davein stated that he tried to talk the teenagers out of it, but then said that he didn’t want to know anything about it and said, ‘if you’re going to do it, just don’t be dumb.’ ”

The teenagers were at Jenkins’s apartment immediately preceding and after the robbery, police said. After returning from the Shell gas station to the residence, they gave Jenkins two “unopened packs of Marlboro Red cigarettes,” the affidavit says.

Police also spoke with the 15-year-old who they said took responsibility for his crimes. They noted that both teenagers voluntarily went to the police department to admit wrongdoing and turn over evidence. Because the teenagers are under 18, any criminal charges against them will proceed in the juvenile court where case records are sealed.

Jenkins is out of jail on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)