Two of the three young men accused of robbing and threatening to kill J.R. Riles and customers at his convenience store were denied bond Friday.
The bond hearing for Xavius K. Bell, 21, and Elmonte K. Surry, 20, in Richmond County Superior Court became moot because each has a non-bondable hold from prior criminal convictions.
The third suspect, James. M. Robinson, 18, is still qualifying for representation by the public defender’s office.
The three were arrested on armed robbery, theft and weapon charges in the Dec. 29 robbery at JR Stop and Shop, 1957 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The victims told investigators that one of the three men threatened them with a handgun, at one time saying, “Don’t make me turn this into a homicide.” The robbers took the victims’ pants, jewelry, cash and keys, and stole two vehicles from the parking lot.