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Indictments expected soon in Clarksville bank robbery

SoVaNow.com / September 25, 2013
A grand jury is expected to issue indictments next month against three suspects in the Bank of America robbery in Clarksville, Police First Sgt. Bobby Boring told members of Clarksville Town Council during their September meeting.

Already, the suspects — 21-year old Johnnie Manson Jr., and his brother, 18-year old Shaquan Manson, and 33-year old Michael Anthony Harris Jr. — have been indicted in Mecklenburg County for their alleged involvement in the attempted robbery in Nelson. The men were arrested earlier in Person County, N.C.

Boring credited Clarksville Police Sgt. Wayne Pennington and Cpl. James Crawford for making the case against the suspects.

The June 27 robbery at the Clarksville Bank of America branch set off a two-state search for the suspects.

On Aug. 10, the Manson brothers and Harris were indicted in Granville County, N.C. for a string of armed robberies and an alleged kidnapping involving Bowen’s Mini Mart, Moore’s Grocery, and the Berea Mini Mart. Harris was also charged at that time with robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and discharge of a weapon into occupied property, also in connection with the Granville County robberies.

Two weeks later, Crawford participated in a joint meeting of law enforcement officials from Mecklenburg County, Person County, N.C., Granville County, N.C., and the Creedmoor Police Department, all of whom were investigating a series of armed robberies that authorities believed involved these same suspects. In Mecklenburg County, the men were sought for questioning in both the armed robbery at Bank of America, and the attempted armed robbery of the Family Foods store in Nelson.

Crawford and Pennington joined forces with Lt. Ricky Cates of the Creedmoor, N.C. police department who was, according to Crawford, “working [a case that] sounded very similar to the robbery that we had in Clarksville” — the robbery of the Sun Trust Bank.

Working from the shared information, Crawford and Cates, along with Pennington and Investigator Jon Smith of the Creedmoor Police Department, obtained warrants to search two sites believed to be inhabited by suspect Michael Harris. One was in Oxford, N.C. and the other was in Raleigh, N.C.

Boring told Town Council that the search turned up sufficient evidence to prompt Commonwealth’s Attorney Nora Miller to seek indictments for the attempted robbery of Family Foods and the Clarksville bank heist.

The indictments are expected from a Mecklenburg County grand jury during the October term of court.

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