Two being held on suspicion of armed robbery

Saturday, January 22, 2011 | 4:30 p.m. CST; updated 11:06 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 22, 2011

COLUMBIA — Two men were arrested Thursday night in connection with an armed robbery in south Columbia.

Tajon Freelon, 19, and Moncory Dampier, 18, were pulled over by Columbia Police Department officers and arrested near Dampier's home, said police spokeswoman Jill Wieneke.

At 8:45 p.m. Thursday, officers received a call about an armed robbery of three 19-year-old individuals on Brandon Woods Street, Wieneke said. She said Dampier knew the three, and he had arrived at the home with Freelon between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to play video games for the evening.

Wieneke said both men stepped outside to get a video game controller a few minutes after arriving. She said Freelon pulled out a gun upon entering the home again, hit one of the three individuals in the head and said, "Give me all your money."

Freelon held the three at gunpoint while Dampier searched the residence for items to steal, Wieneke said. The stolen property included a wallet that held an identification card, debit card, cash and an MU identification card; a cellphone; a backpack; and an iPad with a case.

The three individuals gave Dampier's address to police, Wieneke said. While one set of officers remained at Brandon Woods to collect information, another group searched the area near Dampier's home. Wieneke said police spotted a sport utility vehicle, stopped it, and found Dampier and Freelon inside.

Freelon was arrested on suspicion of armed criminal activity, possession of a controlled substance, first-degree robbery, third-degree assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dampier was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery.

"Some of the stolen property was found in the car," Wieneke said.

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