By CHRIS MENEES
Three suspects from two recent robberies at a Union City Mexican grocery store have been bound over to the grand jury.
Bound over Thursday in Obion County General Sessions Court were 21-year-old Dominique Harper of 218 Railroad St., Clinton, Ky.; 19-year-old Shanthony Mays of 713 Melrose St., Apt. 22, Union City; and 21-year-old Eldarrius Boykin of 529 Nash St., Apt. 90, Union City.
They were charged in connection with separate robberies which occurred in December 2012 and October 2012 at La Michoacana Mexican Grocery at 1207 East Main St. in Union City.
Harper was charged with aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon as the result of a hold-up that occurred Dec. 19, 2012, while Mays and Boykin were each charged with aggravated robbery and theft over $1,000 as the result of a robbery on Oct. 24, 2012, according to Union City police.
The case against a third suspect in the October robbery, 19-year-old Caleb Adams of 511 Nash St., Apt. 39, Union City, was continued to May 9 in General Sessions Court. He was also charged with aggravated robbery and theft over $1,000.
The four suspects were arrested early last week on charges stemming from two of three recent hold-ups at the Mexican grocery store — which was robbed three times over a four-month period.
They were arrested and charged after their DNA was matched to evidence recovered on the nights of the two earliest robberies at the store, Union City police investigator Derrick O’Dell said. In addition, the case was greatly aided by a confidential tip from the public.
The arrests in the two earliest robberies from October and December came on the heels of other recent arrests by Union City police in connection with the third and most recent robbery on Feb. 26 at La Michoacana.
Adams was also one of three teen suspects charged with aggravated robbery in the February hold-up. The other suspects charged are Lemarcus Coble, 18, of 1539 East Main St., Union City, and a 17-year-old juvenile whose name has not yet been disclosed by authorities.
In that case, Adams’ preliminary hearing in General Sessions Court was continued to May 9 in order for an evaluation to be done, while a juvenile court hearing for Coble to determine if his case will be transferred to adult court was recently continued to April 23. The robbery the night of Feb. 26 was allegedly committed just three hours and 40 minutes before Coble’s 18th birthday arrived.
The 17-year-old appeared in juvenile court last month to determine if his case would be transferred to adult court and it was transferred, according to O’Dell.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.12.13