Columbia teenager charged as adult in connection with March armed robberies

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 6:18 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia teenager was certified and charged as an adult Monday with three counts of armed criminal action and three counts of first-degree robbery.

Jawan Avant, 17, was charged in connection with three armed robberies earlier this year, Officer Stephanie Drouin said in an email. Avant's bail was set at $300,000.

The first robbery took place on March 28 at Hong Kong Restaurant at 106 Business Loop 70 W. The next two took place on March 30 at the Motel 6 East at 3402 I-70 Drive SE and a Break Time at 110 Nifong Blvd.

Avant was arrested after the Break Time robbery, along with Brittani Renner, 17, and Jamon Galbreath, 17. Avant’s name was withheld at the time because he was still 16 and therefore a minor. Avant turned 17 on May 12.

According to a police report, masks like those used in the robberies were found inside the car Renner, Galbreath and Avant were pulled over in on the night of the Break Time robbery. The vehicle also matched the description of the one used in the robberies.

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Phil Dennis May 23, 2012 | 12:54 p.m.

That is a shame, he looks like a decent kid, well at least in his mugshot.

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Ray Shapiro May 23, 2012 | 1:16 p.m.

Is there any link to the burning down of the Hong Kong Restaurant, and neighboring businesses, shortly after its robbery?

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