SAVANNAH, GA (August 6, 2011): Undercover and uniformed officers saturating the area on a stakeout foiled a robbery and jailed two suspects Friday night after a string of robberies of Hispanic victims
Arrested were Paris Marjere Robinson, 20, of the 2200 block of East 58th Street, and Myron Todd Jones Jr., 18, of the 300 block of Montclair Boulevard.
Robinson, who is 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, was charged with armed robbery, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and aggravated assault, all felonies, along with misdemeanor charges of loitering or prowling, and battery. Jones was charged with armed robbery, a felony, and obstruction and loitering or prowling, both misdemeanors.
Police are hoping to identify the three to four other males who ran from the scene. Detectives from the SCMPD Robbery Unit also are examining as many as six armed robbery incidents in the past week to determine if there could be a connection between them and the suspects in Friday’s arrests.
Five Hispanic men ranging in age from 26 to 49 were victims in the robbery that took place in the parking lot of an apartment complex off Lewis Road behind the J.C. Lewis Ford dealership. One man, age 25, was treated at the scene for injuries to his scalp when he was struck with a gun during the robbery.
“This was a wonderful example of how planning and performance can combine into classic police work,” said Sgt. Laptrentice Mayes, commander of the SCMPD Robbery Division. “Two undercover units and patrol officers from the Southside Precinct worked together perfectly to bring this string to an end before someone became seriously hurt or killed. My hat is off to them.”
Crime Suppression Units and Neighborhood Task Force units of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, reacting to recent reported and unreported robberies of Hispanic victims in the Southside Precinct, had saturated the area in search of the group described by victims. One of the men was described as being 6-foot-5 and weighing between 250 and 300 pounds.
Units were leaving the area when an undercover officer noticed a group of five or six men, including one fitting the description of the larger suspect, walking toward the rear of the complex.
He had called in other units and turned around to follow the group when he came upon the robbery and heard a shot fired. The officer ran towards the robbery, saw Robinson running toward him, and ordered Robinson to the ground. He secured a gun used in the robbery while the other suspects fled. Jones was chased on foot through the dealership lot, across Abercorn Street and onto the grounds of the English Oaks Apartments where he was taken into custody.
Robbery Division detectives are continuing to investigate the robbery and others that may be tied to it. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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