Crime

Court: Man uses hijacked car during Circle K robbery

A convicted armed robber was connected to a carjacking after a stolen vehicle and an abandoned cigarette box were discovered near the scene of a Circle K armed robbery, Columbus police said Friday during a hearing.

Daryll Williams, 19, faced hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges Friday morning in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

On June 5, police went to the 1818 Midtown Drive club after a 35-year-old man reported four men forcibly took his 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo around 11:51 p.m. An officer told the court the victim said he was leaving the club when the men approached him, placed a gun against his head and chest and said, “You know what time it is?”

The men additionally took the victim’s cellphone, .45 caliber pistol and wallet, which contained $20, according to a report.

Two days later, police discovered the stolen vehicle at a 34th Avenue warehouse after a nearby Circle K was robbed. Police say they found Williams’ fingerprints on both the vehicle and a dropped cigarette box at the Circle K.

An employee at the Circle K later positively identified Williams during a photo lineup. Police arrested Williams on warrants Thursday at a Palomino Drive address.

Williams received two armed robbery convictions in 2009, an officer told the court. He was first convicted of theft by taking in 2008.

Judge Michael Cielinski set no bonds on Williams’ hijacking and armed robbery charges. A $5,000 bond was set on the remaining charges.

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