A Commerce man is in custody at the Hunt County Justice Center, charged on multiple counts in connection with a reported Monday night hold-up at a Greenville convenience store.
Cedrick Ladon Johnson is a suspect in multiple holdups at local businesses this summer, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Greenville Police Department, which indicated offers responded at approximately 10:36 p.m. Monday to a robbery at the Eagle Expressway Food Mart located at 3901 Rees Street.
A black male was said to have entered the store and demanded money, then left the store with an unknown amount of money in a black Chevrolet Equinox.
Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle heading northbound on Highway 224. The suspect would not stop for police and a pursuit ensued. The suspect led officers from Greenville to Commerce and then back to Greenville.
Officers were able to deploy stop sticks on the suspect vehicle, which forced it to stop in the 2600 block of Interstate 30, near Gibson Automotive. Johnson was taken into custody and charged with one count each of robbery, evading arrest/detention in a vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 3, less than 28 grams.
The statement from the police department indicated Johnson may be involved in other recent robberies in Greenville, which include the Greenville Food Mart, 5207 Wesley Street on Aug. 6; the Food Mart, 4101 Oneal Street on July 27; and the Discount Gas,m Tobacco and Beverage, 6002 Wesley Street on July 5 and July 20.
Johnson was being held in the jail Tuesday evening in lieu of a total of $172,500 bond on the thee charges.
He met with Hunt County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 1 Sheila D. Linden Tuesday, who provided the magistrate’s warning on all of the pending charges.
It was not immediately clear as of Tuesday evening if Johnson had retained an attorney or would be seeking a defense counsel to be appointed to represent him.
The robbery charge was filed as a second degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of fem two to 20 years in prison. The evading charge is a third degree felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 10 years in prison and the possession charge is a Class A misdemeanor.
The statement from the police department indicated the investigation into the incident was ongoing and no additional information was to be released at the present time.