1 arrested, 1 sought in armed robbery

Police arrested a Martinez man and are searching for another in connection to a drug deal turned armed robbery Wednesday in the parking lot of a Martinez restaurant.

Devon John McRae, 18, of Wexford Drive, was charged with armed robbery this morning and is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

A 27-year-old Martinez man called police claiming that he was robbed at gunpoint by McRae and Daiquan Lneil Johnson, 18, in the parking lot of Zaxby's at 510 Furys Ferry Road.

The man said he and a 15-year-old female friend were sitting in a car in the parking lot about 8 p.m. when McRae and Johnson got into the back seat. The men pulled a gun on the pair and demanded all of their money, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.

The man met with McRae and Johnson to conduct a drug transaction, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

After giving the robbers $279 in cash, the man said they left in a purple Plymouth Breeze. The man provided police with the tag number, which led to McRae.

McRae was arrested at his home early today. Police are looking for Johnson, of Shawns Way in Martinez, for questioning and possibly a third suspect, Morris said. Johnson also has an outstanding warrant for obstruction of a police officer.

The drug case is under investigation, Morris said. No charges have yet been filed.

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