Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested four people early Wednesday, June 10, 2015, for the armed robbery of the Marathon convenience store located at 2045 Ariana Street in unincorporated Lakeland. A store employee was also pistol whipped and three shots were fired at a witness in the parking lot of the convenience store (no one was struck by the gunfire).
"One of our alert deputies did an outstanding job noticing, then stopping the suspect vehicle. Our investigative team acted quickly to solve this violent armed robbery. The dangerous and reckless behavior of these four suspects could have resulted in the death of a witness. Our message is clear: if you commit a violent crime in Polk County, we will do everything we can to find you, arrest you, and hold you accountable." --Grady Judd
Deputies have arrested: 27-year-old Cedric Griffin of Plant City, charged with robbery with a firearm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed burglary with assault/battery, and attempted first degree murder; 27-year-old Dominique Robinson of Lakeland, conspiracy to commit armed robbery; 19-year-old Curtnisha Young of Plant City, charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery; and 18-year-old Ajaysia Smith of Plant City, charged with Robbery with a firearm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and armed burglary with assault/battery.
After the Polk County Emergency Communications center dispatched the Marathon convenience store robbery, a responding Polk County deputy noticed a maroon four door sedan matching the description of the vehicle involved travelling east on Memorial Boulevard. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle in the area of Griffin Road and Depot Avenue. During a search of the vehicle a handgun and a large amount of U.S. currency was located. Also located in the vehicle was clothing matching clothing seen during the robbery. All four suspects in the vehicle later confessed to their involvement in the robbery.
Young has no previous adult criminal history. Smith has two prior juvenile felony charges, burglary and grand theft. Robinson has no previous criminal history. Griffin has multiple prior felony (4) and misdemeanor (12) charges to include: battery DV (3), probation violation, battery DV by strangulation, false name to a LEO (2), failure to appear, carrying concealed firearm (2), felon in possession of a firearm (3), Petit theft & felony petit theft, DWLSR, and no valid DL.