JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Additional charges were filed against three Indiana men who were indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for the armed robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Jerome Scott King, 19, of Speedway, Indiana, and Raymond Allen Craig, 20, and Daijahn Antwan Reed,19, both of Indianapolis, Indiana, were charged in a seven-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Missouri. Yesterday’s indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against the three men on August 16, 2018, and contains additional charges.
Yesterday’s indictment alleges that King, Craig and Reed committed an armed robbery on July 25, 2018. The indictment alleges they pointed a loaded firearm at two store employees and tied one employee’s hands behind his back with zip-ties. They allegedly stole $9,264 worth of drugs, including more than 3,000 oxycodone/acetaminophen tablets.
In addition to the robbery, King, Craig and Reed are each charged with one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence for allegedly brandishing a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun.
King, Craig and Reed are charged together in one count of committing an armed robbery that involved the theft of a controlled substance. They are charged together in one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and one count of possessing oxycodone with the intent to distribute.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Jefferson City police officers responded to Walgreens, located at 2002 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, in reference to a robbery in progress on July 25, 2018. Craig, Reed and an unidentified man allegedly had entered the store wearing medical masks over the faces and medical style gloves on their hands.
Officers arrived as King, Craig, Reed, and another person ran out of the business. Three of the four men fled the scene in a vehicle. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, the affidavit says, but King, the driver, led officers on a pursuit eastbound on U.S. Highway 54. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers deployed spike strips, which caused the vehicle to slow, leave the highway, cross the outer road and crash near Jazel Lane in Holts Summit, Mo. King and Craig ran from the vehicle but were apprehended. The third man, who remains unidentified, was not apprehended.
A witness called the police later that afternoon to report that Reed had knocked on his door and asked to use the telephone. Officers located Reed on the roof of O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1010 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City, and arrested him.
The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Jefferson City, Missouri, Police Department.
SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on August 16, 2018