A Shawnee man arrested before Christmas last year in connection with a robbery at a local wireless store has pleaded guilty to a felony assault while masked charge and will return to court in January.

Jarod Wade Jenkins, 19, was charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with the single count back in January 2018.

During the latest disposition docket, Jenkins entered a guilty plea in the case and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered, court records show.

He's due back in court Jan. 9 for that blind plea and sentencing.

Jenkins is the suspect arrested by Shawnee police for his alleged involvement in the armed robbery of Easy Wireless at 511 N. Kickapoo last December.

For that incident, reports show a 911 call on Dec. 19, 2017, indicated that a white male, wearing a blue mask and blue shirt, entered Easy Wireless armed with a handgun and demanded the employee empty the cash register and safe, Detective Jason Crouch reported at the time of the incident.

After getting the money, the suspect left out the door and fled on foot, he said.

Detectives arrived on scene and viewed security video. He looked similar to a suspect that was arrested the previous day. Detectives used book-in photos from the previous day and were able to recognize Jenkins as the suspect.

Detective Crouch interviewed Jenkins, who denied being involved with the robbery but later confessed to doing it, Crouch said. Jenkins, who used an air soft pistol in the attempted robbery, allegedly said he committed an armed robbery because he wanted to pay his mother back for bailing him out of jail on the previous day, the detective reported.