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Man charged in 3 Uniontown holdups

| Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Fayette County man is accused of committing three armed robberies in four days in Uniontown, but two suspects in two of the holdups remain at large.

A police dog helped officers track down Cedric Belvin Jackson Jr. following the third armed robbery early Thursday, according to a criminal complaint.

Jackson, 20, of 32 Wilson Ave., is charged by Uniontown police with five counts each of robbery and aggravated assault and multiple counts of conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and firearms charges.

In criminal complaints, Detective Donald Gmitter said Jackson robbed the Canton Restaurant on East Fayette Street at 8:15 p.m. Monday, BFS Foods on Morgantown Street at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday and the Sunoco on Connellsville Street at 1:05 a.m. Thursday.

Gmitter said Jackson was one of two masked men who robbed three victims of cash and a cellphone at the Canton Restaurant. Jackson was one of three men who robbed the BFS store at gunpoint, taking a cell phone and a Pittsburgh Pirates ballcap from a patron, and cash and cigarettes from an employee, according to the complaints.

Jackson acted alone in the third robbery at the Sunoco store, where he pointed a handgun at a man's head and robbed the man of approximately $50 cash, according to the court papers.

Jackson ran when he was approached on Searight Avenue by a state trooper shortly after the Sunoco robbery, police said. Uniontown's police dog, Xavier, tracked Jackson to Pershing Court, according to the criminal complaints, where officers took Jackson into custody.

Jackson had a stolen cellphone in his possession, police said. A .45-caliber pistol and a stolen 9 mm handgun were found in a backpack that Jackson discarded when the trooper began to chase him on Searight Avenue.

When questioned, Jackson told police he participated in three robberies, but he denied involvement in the Sunoco robbery, according to the criminal complaints.

Jackson was arraigned before Uniontown District Judge Michael M. Metros and is in the Fayette County jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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