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Two charged in armed-robbery case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Two Locust Grove men were being held without bond in the Henry County Jail, after being accused of robbing a pedestrian at gunpoint along Indian Creek Road.

Keenen Darrell Byrd, 19, and Alexander Jaamaul Murray, 23, both of Locust Grove, are each charged with armed robbery. Byrd is also charged with aggravated assault and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The pair appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court on Thursday, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Judge Robert Godwin reset their preliminary hearings for May 14.

The alleged robbery took place Wednesday at approximately 9:30 p.m., along Indian Creek Road in Locust Grove, according to police.

Locust Grove Police Detective David Donehoo said authorities responded to a 911 call from a man who was with the alleged victim at the time of the incident.

"The suspects were in a vehicle and approached the victim, who was on foot," said Donehoo. "[The victim] was robbed at gunpoint [with] a dark-colored handgun."

Items reportedly taken, the detective said, included money, a cell phone and a wallet. Donehoo said the alleged victim received minor visible injuries as a result of the incident. Nothing was reportedly taken from the person who called authorities.

Donehoo said that although the alleged victim did not know the suspects prior to the incident, the 911 caller may have been acquainted with them.

The caller "may have seen them before or had some knowledge about them, but they were not friends," Donehoo said.

The suspects were apprehended shortly before 3 a.m., Thursday. Donehoo did not release details regarding how or where Byrd and Murray were located.

Locust Grove Police Chief Jesse Patton described the reported robbery as a "random act," and a rarity in the city.

"We don't have it happen all the time, but it happened in an area where we have a lot of foot traffic at certain times of the day," Patton said.

Donehoo said authorities were working to recover the property that was reportedly taken.

"I have a couple of other people of interest that I am attempting to locate who are also involved with the case, that I want to interview," he said. "We've got some definite areas of where to look. It's just a matter of, we don't have names and we're having to piece it all together."