Accused Johnson City robber picks up 2 more robbery charges

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 5:20 PM

A man charged with robbing a check-cashing business earlier this month was identified as the man who robbed two people outside a downtown restaurant that same day and a convenience market in October, police said Monday.

Cornelius Rollins Jr., 56, 907 Antioch Road, No. 37, was initially charged April 13 with the armed robbery of Check into Cash, 2244 N. Roan St. He was one of three people charged in the case.

About 4 a.m. that same day, two customers at Mid City Grill, 106 S. Commerce St., told police they were approached by a man who demanded their car keys and other items. The man ran away, taking money and other property belonging to the two. Following additional interviews with them, Rollins was charged with that robbery on Thursday.

On Oct. 13, the Roadrunner Market at 2607 S. Roan St. was robbed. An employee told police a man entered the store with an object that she believed to be a gun and robbed it. The man was wearing a ski mask over his face at the time and fled on foot with stolen money from the business. Investigators found the ski mask on Arbor Drive, not far from the market.

That mask, along with other evidence, was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lab for DNA analysis. On Thursday, the analysis report was completed from the TBI. DNA from the ski mask was matched to Rollins.

Rollins was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $150,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

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