Three Johnson City residents charged with aggravated robbery

Johnson City Press • Apr 14, 2018 at 11:14 PM

Three Johnson City residents were charged with aggravated robbery after police investigated a reported armed robbery of a Check into Cash store.

According to a news release from the Johnson City Police Department, 56-year-old Cornelius Rollins, 36-year-old Malekka Bradley and 59-year-old Therese Hale were all charged with aggravated robbery Friday, April 13.

The news release said officers responded to a 911 call from the Check Into Cash, where employees said that a black male came into the store at 10:30 a.m. demanding money with a hand in his pocket, claiming to have a gun. The man reportedly left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police then began investigating and used the business' and surrounding businesses' security footage to identify the vehicle police believe the man left in, which they later found parked behind a trailer on Woodlyn Road. Hale was found to be the vehicle’s owner. Hale and Bradley were then taken into custody, as police say they were suspected to be the driver and passenger, respectively, in the vehicle at the time of the robbery.

The release then said Hale told officers they dropped the suspected male, who was then identified as Rollins, at the U-Haul on North Roan Street. Police say Rollins rented a U-Haul to move from a residence on Unaka Avenue to 907 Antioch Road. Officers then found Rollins and the rented truck at his new home, where he was subsequently arrested.

Rollins, Bradley and Hale were all taken to the Washington County Detention Center, questioned and charged. They were held on unknown bond amounts. Arraignments are scheduled for Monday, April 16, in Sessions Court.

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