Police: Two suspects charged in robberies with M-16 rifle

benw@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 5, 2013 

Columbus police have charged two suspects in connection with a series of robberies at convenience stores in which an M-16 assault-type rifle was used.

Police identified the suspects as Laquante K. Harviley, 23, and Dewon Obyrane Neal, 27. Both are being held without bond at the Muscogee County Jail for a 9 a.m. Friday hearing in Recorder’s Court.

Harviley, who lived in an apartment on Terminal Court, faces one count each of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Harviley is accused of using an M-16 type rifle to rob two clerks of money and cigarettes at the Circle K, when it was robbed on Nov. 11 at 3841 Miller Road.

Neal, who has a Decatur Court address, faces two counts each of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Neal is charged in the Nov. 19 robbery of Bargain Town at 2326 Francis St. in MidTown. He also faces a charge in the robbery of Family Dollar at 3126 Veterans Parkway.

During the robbery, police said the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes from the store clerk. Cell phones also were taken from two customers during the holdup.

In each of the robberies, an M-16 assault type rifle was used to threatened clerks before the businesses were robbed of cash and other items. No one was injured during the robberies.

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