Grand jury indicts

A Commerce man has been indicted on multiple counts in connection with several recent robberies in Greenville, one of which ended in a chase across the county.

A Commerce man has been indicted on multiple counts in connection with several recent robberies in Greenville, one of which ended in a chase across the county.

The five charges filed against Cedrick Ladon Johnson were among the almost four dozen indictments issued Friday by the Hunt County grand jury.

The grand jury convened its fourth meeting of its six-month term of serving the 354th District Court.

The panel returned a total of 45 indictments, including 10 issued sealed pending the arrest of the person or persons named in the charges. One “no bill” was also returned, indicating the grand jury determine its investigation did not find sufficient evidence to issue an indictment.

Johnson, 32, received one indictment for aggravated robbery and five indictments for robbery.

The aggravated robbery charge alleged Johnson used a drill to threaten a male victim while in the course of committing theft on or about July 5.

The four robbery indictments alleged Johnson did not use a weapon while threatening victims during incidents on July 20, July 27, Aug. 6 and Aug. 19.

The Greenville Police Department responded late on the night of the last reported robbery at the Eagle Expressway Food Mart located at 3901 Rees Street in Greenville.

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 was believed involved in other recent robberies in Greenville, which included the Greenville Food Mart, 5207 Wesley Street on Aug. 6; the Food Mart, 4101 Oneal Street on July 27; and the Discount Gas, Tobacco and Beverage, 6002 Wesley Street on July 5 and July 20.

Johnson was being held in the jail Friday in lieu of a total of $422,500 bond on the three charges.

The robbery charges are second degree felonies, each punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of fem two to 20 years in prison. The aggravated robbery charge is a first degree felony, which carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison.

A date for an arraignment hearing on the charges was not immediately scheduled.

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