Mesa man accused of leaving kids home alone to rob Circle K

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Jason Villagas By Jennifer Thomas Jason Villagas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa father is accused of leaving his young children home alone while he robbed a convenience store.

According to court paperwork, Jason Villagas, 26, entered the Circle K near Baseline and Dobson roads Saturday afternoon and robbed the store and a customer at knifepoint. He was captured on video surveillance.

Police stopped Villagas about two hours later and found a Circle K bag containing approximately $309 in his possession.

Villagas told police that he had left his three children, ages 1, 4 and 6, alone in his apartment, according to the court documents.

Villagas is facing two counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and three counts of child abuse.