Second suspect arrested in northeastern Columbia robbery

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 5:05 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA—Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with a July 25 robbery in northeastern Columbia.

Police arrested Michael J. Robinson, 29, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. At about 3:45 p.m., police set up a perimeter around Robinson’s house, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jessie Haden said. He surrendered and was arrested without incident at outside of his home.

The officers at the scene applied for a search warrant. However, they waited for the suspect to exit his home rather than going in after him for safety reasons, Haden said.

Police arrested Randall E. King, another suspect in the incident, on suspicion of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action on July 25.

The robbery was at a house on Mexico Gravel Road. Robinson is suspected of supplying the shotguns used in the robbery and driving two other men to the location, according to a police news release.

Robinson drove to the house and, pretending to be alone, went inside because he knew the victim, Haden said. King and another man, who police suspect was Harlequin Martel Harris, 23, then entered the home and robbed it, Haden said.

A laptop computer, PlayStation 2 and cash were taken from the victim's home.

The victim, a 29-year-old man, and a friend tried to chase down the suspects but were unable to catch them, Haden said.

King was arrested the day of the robbery after police found him hiding in a garage on Fairhaven Drive, about three and a half miles away.

King pleaded guilty to a prior second-degree robbery in August and was sentenced to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

Both Robinson and King were being held on $100,000 bond at Boone County Jail.

There is a warrant for Harris' arrest. He is wanted on suspicion of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Anyone with information should call the police department at 874-7652, or CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.

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