Duo on bicycles charged with robbing church-going woman

September 10, 2013 

— The Sumter Police Department has arrested a 19-year-old Sumter man and a 14-year-old Sumter boy in connection to an armed robbery that reportedly took place Sunday morning.

Akeem Jarrod Johnson, 19, of 110 Lawson St., was taken into custody Sunday evening and charged with armed robbery, conspiracy, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The juvenile was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy.

About 10 a.m. Sunday, a 35-year-old woman was getting into her car to go to church in the 900 block of Samuel Street when two people approached her on bicycles, according to a Monday news release. One of the suspects presented a handgun and demanded the woman's money and cellphone. She gave them $5 and the phone. The two then left the scene on the bicycles, leaving the woman uninjured.

Police officers responded to the area and spotted a 14-year-old. He was positively identified and charged with armed robbery. During the investigation, Johnson was identified as the second suspect, the press release said.

Johnson is currently being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. The juvenile was transported and detained at a juvenile detention facility in Columbia.

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