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Man charged in one St. Pete Metro PCS robbery, suspected in another

ST. PETERSBURG — Police interrupted an armed robbery at a Metro PCS store Thursday afternoon.

They believe the man, 19-year-old Preston Bernard Johns, is responsible for robbing another Metro PCS store at 1047 62nd Ave. S last week.

On Thursday afternoon, a clerk became suspicious when Johns came into the store at 1460 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S. The clerk thought he looked like the suspect in the first robbery.

Johns left, but when he returned about an hour later, the clerk was on the phone with the 62nd Avenue store and asked them to call police. In the meantime, Johns began robbing the store, police said.

When officers arrived and tried to take Johns into custody, he resisted and reached in his pocket, police said. Officers used a Taser and pepper spray to subdue him.

Johns had a semi-automatic handgun in his pocket, police said. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail on charges of armed robbery, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

The officers sustained minor injuries during the arrest.

Man charged in one St. Pete Metro PCS robbery, suspected in another 07/22/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 23, 2010 8:37am]
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