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UPDATE: Police arrest one man, have two more suspects in northeastern Columbia robbery

Monday, July 26, 2010 | 9:45 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Police have arrested a man and identified a second suspect in connection with a Sunday night robbery on Mexico Gravel Road, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

According to the release, two men entered the victim's home in the 2800 block of Mexico Gravel Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Each was armed with a shotgun.

They stole a laptop computer, a PlayStation 2 game system and cash from a 29-year-old male, the release said.

Police and investigators have recovered the laptop computer and the two shotguns.

Randall E. King, 23, has been charged on suspicion of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

King is being held on $100,000 bond at the Boone County Jail, according to Missouri Case.net.

The second suspect, Harlequin Martel Harris, 23, is wanted on suspicion of first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

Because the perpetrators took property and cash, the motive for the robbery seemed to be financial gain, Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Jessie Haden said in an e-mail.

The victim and a friend attempted to chase down the perpetrators themselves but were unable to keep up.

When they were unable to catch up, they asked a resident to call police. They turned back to see whether the suspects had discarded any of the stolen property.

Police had also been dispatched to the 4100 block of Mexico Gravel Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. after a neighbor saw four men — one with a gun — running through backyards.

At 6 p.m., Haden said, other officers in the area found King hidden in a garage on the 2800 block of Fairhaven Drive. He was detained and taken to the police department.

A detective interviewed King, who implicated himself and two others, according to the release.

Haden said she did not have any information regarding leads on the third suspect.

Anyone with information about Harris or the other suspect should call the police department at 874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.


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