3 face federal charges in Augusta robberies

Three people accused of robbing several south Augusta gas stations in October and November now face federal robbery charges.

An indictment returned last week charges Steven “Wolf” Cross and Terrell “Dirt” Johnson of conspiracy to commit robbery and carry a firearm during a crime of violence; a felon in possession of a firearm; robbery of a commercial business; and carrying, using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Asia Lewis, who was described as a “lookout” during a January bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court, is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Durham said Thursday that the case was transferred to federal court because the businesses robbed engaged in interstate commerce.

According to the indictment and a superior court prosecutor, the three started the robberies Oct. 27 at the Triangle Gas Station, 4002 Deans Bridge Road, then hit the store again Nov. 7. Lewis went inside the business during the second robbery, confirmed the clerk was alone and flashed her headlights to signal it was clear, Assistant District Attorney Justin Jones said.

The victim who was robbed twice “was very traumatized by the incident,” Jones said.

The robberies continued Nov. 12 at a Circle K, 3755 Wheeler Road, where Johnson jumped over the counter while Cross brandished a rifle, Jones said. The next day, they robbed Jack’s Grocery, 4630 Mike Padgett Highway, the indictment says.

Cross was the first suspect arrested on Jan. 4, when deputies went to his home to investigate someone firing a rifle in his front yard. He was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and, while in custody, investigators said they matched the seized rifle to the robberies. Cross implicated Johnson and Lewis, Jones said.

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