Derrick Long is arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court Wednesday.

Springfield man accused of stealing vehicle at gunpoint

A Springfield man faces a charge of aggravated robbery after being accused of stealing a vehicle at gunpoint.

Derrick Long, 30, was charged with the first-degree felony in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday. He was also charged with one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony.

His arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday morning and continued to Wednesday. His bond was set at $25,000.

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Long is accused of approaching a man in the 100 block of West Mulberry Street and pointing a gun at him. The alleged victim told police that he had pulled up to the parking lot of his apartment complex early Sunday morning. Shortly after, Long walked up to the vehicle asking for a ride, according to a police report filed by the Springfield Police Division.

The victim said when he asked for gas money, Long pulled out a gun and said “this is my gas money,” according to an affidavit filed in Clark County Municipal Court. Before calling police, the victim allegedly gave Long two cigarettes and a lighter before Long told him to leave the key in the ignition of the vehicle, the affidavit says.

The victim told police that he ran into his apartment complex after telling Long to take his car and not shoot him. The victim then called police, believing that Long was still in the parking lot. When police arrived at the scene, they located the vehicle as it was being backed out of a parking spot, according to the police report.

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Long was found in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and was detained, the affidavit says. A handgun was later found on the front passenger seat alongside a lighter, according to the affidavit.

Long is being held at the Clark County Jail.

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