WILKES-BARRE - City police said a store clerk was assaulted because she refused to sell a cigar to a man who didn't have identification.
John Dashawn Herron, 24, of Long Beach, N.Y., became upset because the clerk at the Turkey Hill on Hazle Avenue refused to sell him a cigar early Saturday morning, police said.
Police said Herron waved to a friend, Philip Emmanuel Walker, to come inside the store. Herron walked around the counter and shoved the clerk to the floor before the two men, police said, fled with merchandise they had stolen.
Herron and Walker, 21, of Parrish Street, were charged Tuesday with two counts of robbery. Herron was also charged with simple assault, retail theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Police said they found crack and marijuana in an apartment on Hanover Street where Herron is known to reside.
Herron and Walker were arraigned by District Judge William Amesbury in Wilkes-Barre and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $30,000 and $20,000 bail, respectively, according to court records.
According to the criminal complaints:
Police responded to the Turkey Hill on Hazle Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday when a store clerk said she was assaulted
The clerk told police the suspect, identified as Herron, placed a cigar on the counter but didn't have identification. Herron waved to a man, later identified as Walker, who entered the store and produced ID.
The clerk refused to sell the cigar believing Walker would give the cigar to Herron.
Herron became upset and walked behind the counter and struck her, according to the criminal complaint. Police said the clerk suffered a minor injury near her eye.
Herron and Walker sped away in a white Cadillac driven by a female, police said.
Police encountered the vehicle, occupied by Herron and Walker, around 11:40 p.m. Monday parked outside Pizza Fellas on South Main Street.
Officers set up surveillance in the parking lot and watched Herron and Walker exit the restaurant and walk away from the vehicle.
Police arrested the two men and found the car keys in Herron's pockets, the criminal complaint says.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Source: Times Leader