Clinton man charged in Spirit robbery

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]
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A Clinton man has been charged in the late-night armed robbery of a local convenience store last week.

Truth Jaman Joyner, 21, of 312 E. Johnson St., Clinton, was identified through the Clinton Police Department investigation as the person who robbed the Spirit store on College Street, Chief Donald Edwards said Wednesday.

Joyner met investigators at the police station Tuesday evening, and was taken into custody at that time. He was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and was also served an outstanding warrant for possession of Schedule VI controlled substance.

He was given a secured bond of $77,000 — $75,000 for the robbery offense, $2,000 for the misdemeanor drug charge. He has a court date this Friday, July 27.

The robbery charge stems from a July 18 robbery at the Spirit store, in which a masked gunman entered the store and demanded money.

According to previous reports, around 10:40 p.m. July 18, Clinton Police officers responded to the Spirit store, located at 504 College St., in reference to an armed robbery. The owner, Jamal Alsaidi, told officers that a black male armed with a handgun had robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash.

Edwards said there were customers and another employee at the store who witnessed the incident, and that no one was hurt.

The male suspect, who was alone, came into the store wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans and armed with a black handgun. Witnesses reported that he had his face covered, but described him as being about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing between 145 and 160 lbs.

Following the robbery, he fled on foot toward Eastover Avenue. Edwards said officers used a K9 unit in an attempt to track the suspect “with no success.” In the days that followed, Clinton police officials were able to narrow in on Joyner, leading to Tuesday’s arrest.


By Chris Berendt

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Managing Editor Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 2587.

Managing Editor Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 2587.