Two men charged in the pawn shop armed robbery where 50 shots were fired are facing additional charges linked to a June 26 armed robbery at a Circle K gas station.
Authorities said Jamal Colbar Head, 23, and Marquis Lamar Johnson, 20, were involved in the Circle K incident at 1715 South Lumpkin Road. They were in the Muscogee County Jail on previous charges when detectives linked them to the armed robbery.
Columbus Police said surveillance video shows Head holding a gun in his left hand and wearing the same clothes he was dressed in during other armed robberies. He allegedly stole cigarettes and cigarillos before leaving with Johnson, who officials said wore blonde dread locks at the time.
The suspects were arrested on July 12 along with 21-year-old Quantavius Pigler.
They were taken into custody after allegedly robbing the Village Pawn Shop at 937 Fort Benning Road. Officials said Pigler and Johnson entered the business armed with a handgun and rifle before heading out the building with cash.
An employee pulled out out a gun and fired at the suspect as they were leaving. Authorities said the suspects returned gunfire, leading to a shootout where about 50 shots were fired.
No one was harmed.
They allegedly left in a black Toyota Rav4 with Head behind the wheel.
An officer who was dressed in uniform stopped the men in the 200 block of 23rd Avenue. They allegedly hid in the residence of Pigler’s mother, leading to a standoff with officers from various divisions of the police department outside of the home.
Veronica Pigler, 59, allegedly denied police entrance to her home and told them to leave her yard. She said she was the only one there and said the Rav4 had been there all morning, according to police.
Veronica Pigler and all three men were arrested in the area. She was charged with obstruction and giving false information, while the men were faced with one count of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The men pleaded not guilty to their charges July 14 in Columbus Recorder’s Court. Veronica Pigler was released from the jail on bond before the hearing.
Authorities have also linked Johnson and Head to the June 29 armed robbery at the Denny’s at 3239 Macon Road. Head also has been charged in at least three other armed robberies in Columbus.