Originally created 03/27/04

Three charged in purse robbery



Richmond County sheriff's investigators say they arrested three people who robbed a Louisville, Ga., woman while she was in the parking lot of a south Richmond County grocery store Friday morning.

Kaydee Watkins, 23, of Warner Robins, Ga.; Jonathan McCraney, 20, of Augusta; and Terrance Moore, 18, of Memphis, Tenn., were charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, sheriff's Investigator Blaise Dresser said.

Carrie Johnson, 27, told sheriff's deputies that at about 7:30 a.m., while she was in the parking lot of the Kroger on the 3100 block of Deans Bridge Road, three individuals drove up in a vehicle next to her, Investigator Dresser said.

She told deputies that Mr. Moore pointed a .22-caliber rifle at her and demanded her purse, the investigator said.

He said he found that Ms. Johnson tried to get back into her car to get away, but Mr. McCraney got out of the group's vehicle, opened Ms. Johnson's car door and tussled with her.

After grabbing her purse, the three left, Investigator Dresser said, but 20 minutes later, deputies found them stopped at a convenience store in the 1600 block of Gordon Highway, which is in front of a shopping center that holds the Southgate precinct of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The investigator said officers found the rifle and most of Ms. Johnson's belongings, except her purse. He said Mr. McCraney also was charged with cocaine possession, and Mr. Moore also was charged with criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark, because the rifle's serial number had been scratched.

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