Released prisoner charged in hold up

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 8, 2003

A man who just left prison after serving time for assault and receiving stolen property was one of two arrested Monday for robbing a Demopolis gas station on Sunday.

According to a release from Police Chief Charles Avery, Kevin Johnson, 19, of Demopolis, was arrested and charged with robbery first degree. Johnson had just been released from prison when he was nabbed on Monday by Demopolis police officers.

Also arrested and charged with first degree robbery is Mark Gamble, 18, of Demopolis.

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On Sunday, Oct. 5, Demopolis police were called to Mr. Roy’s on U.S. Highway 80 east when a clerk told officers that she had been robbed by two men wearing masks and carrying guns.

Based on a description by the clerk, surveillance video tapes made by cameras inside Mr. Roy’s, and other tips from local citizens, Demopolis police were able to find the two suspects and arrest them on Monday.

Officer Rex Flowers and Tech. Tim Williams, along with Det. Sgt. Tim Soronen worked the case to arrest Johnson and Gamble.

The robbery and arrest of Mr. Roy’s comes on the heels of a court proceeding last week when Bryan Finch pleaded guilty to robbery third degree of Mr. Roy’s. He was sentenced to four years in prison, which will run concurrent with another charge in Greene County. Finch must pay restitution to Mr. Roy’s and Cougar Oil.