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August 29, 2013

Police arrest fourth suspect in armed robbery case

ANDERSON — A fourth suspect in an Aug. 4 armed robbery was arrested Wednesday.

According to a probable cause affidavit, DaQawn T. Peoples, 21, of Anderson, admitted to police he was in a car with co-defendants Dahvonte T. Johnson, 21; Marquise Stephens, 22; and Lakeidra White, 23, all of Anderson, after Johnson allegedly robbed the Harvest Market in the 3200 block of Columbus Avenue.

Peoples faces charges of armed robbery and resisting law enforcement for his alleged involvement in the crime.

The affidavit reads that Johnson ran up to a female clerk at the store and demanded money while pointing a gun at her and other employees. He was wearing a white mask and a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, and video surveillance cameras show the man swung around the silver, semi-automatic handgun, pointing it at several different people.

The video then shows the suspect running north down the alley west of Columbus Avenue and dropping some of the money in the alley. Witnesses confirmed this and added that the man headed east from the alley.

Johnson was arrested Aug. 8 and, police say, he admitted to the robbery. He told police he changed clothes at a home in the 3100 block of East Lynn Street to try to dispose of evidence. According to police, he also said he threw the gun in some bushes on Columbus Avenue, but authorities have not recovered the handgun.

Johnson also told police that Stephens forced him at gunpoint to rob the story so he could pay him for drugs. Stephens was arrested on Aug. 9 and admitted he was driving a getaway vehicle. He faces a charge of robbery as well.

White was also arrested on Aug. 16 and admitted she was with the group in the car. She faces a charge of false informing.

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