Richmond County investigators arrested three people in connection with a string of robberies in October and November.
Terrell Randy Johnson, 26, and Asia Michett Lewis, 24, were taken to the Richmond County jail early Saturday. Steven Eugene Cross, 31, was already in jail on an unrelated charge.
Lt. Blaise Dresser said Johnson and Cross are accused of committing four armed robberies of convenience stores: the Triangle Gas on Deans Bridge Road, which was robbed twice, on Oct. 27 and Nov. 7; a Circle K on Wheeler Road on Nov. 12; and Jack’s Grocery on Mike Padgett Highway on Nov. 13.
Lewis claimed to be a witness to one of the robberies but was later found to be involved, Dresser said.
In each case, a white man armed with a shotgun or rifle and a black accomplice robbed the stores while wearing dark clothing and masks, according to the incident reports.
Cross, a convicted felon, was arrested Jan. 4 because he was caught shooting a rifle in his front yard. Cross now faces 14 charges: five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, four counts of armed robbery, four counts of possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime, and one count of discharging of firearms on or near a public highway.
Johnson faces four counts of armed robbery and four possession of firearm or knife during the commission of a crime, and Lewis faces one count of armed robbery, according to the jail.