TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Man charged in 3 Uniontown holdups

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Fayette

  1. Fayette Children and Youth Services to expand offices
  2. Fayette Relay for Life moves to Uniontown church
  3. Connellsville diners can again ‘Savor the Avenue’
  4. Mother of Fayette County killer wants to testify in closed courtroom
  5. Fayette County’s head detective named chief adult probation officer
  6. Dawson Grange Community Fair stands out by staying free to attend
  7. Connellsville Lions Club concert series continues through Sept. 6
  8. Acme teen excited to experience fair as queen
  9. Former Fayette County Democratic chairman, county commissioner Lebder dies at 94
  10. Belle Vernon Eagle Scout project draws praise
  11. Connellsville Health Board discusses rundown properties