High bond set for Martinez man suspected of holding up drug store twice

Because he could pose a danger to the community, a high bond of $175,000 was set Tuesday for a Martinez man suspected of robbing a drug store in January and returning to attempt a second holdup in March.

 

Because he has been held in jail for so long pending indictment, Nicholas A. Robinson, 28, was entitled to bond, said Assistant District Kelly Jenkins from the Middle Judicial Circuit.

Jenkins is prosecuting the case against Robinson and his co-defendant in the robbery attempt – Douglas Duncan III, 25, the son of Columbia County District 1 Commissioner Doug Duncan. The Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Natalie Paine recused her office from the Columbia County Superior Court case.

Robinson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges lodged in two indictments, armed robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault for the Jan. 7 holdup at the Walgreens on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, and to criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime from a March 11 robbery attempt at the same drug store.

Jenkins told Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. that the robber held a knife to the clerk’s throat in the January robbery and forced her to open the cash register. In the March 11 attempt, the robber threatened the clerk with a knife but ran away when she started screaming.

Duncan was allegedly the getaway driving in the March 11 crime.

Robinson graduated from high school and worked steady until his arrest, said defense attorney Jeffrey Johnston. His has family support, and his only prior offense was driving on a suspended license, Johnston said.

Reach Sandy Hodson at sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com or (706) 823-3226

 

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