Two men have been charged for their alleged roles in the robbery of the West Aaron Drive Uni-Mart, and an indictment related to the case was unsealed Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court.
Jimmy Carter, 56, and Ted Roosevelt Johnson Jr., 36, of Erie, are charged in the State College case. The indictment said two more people are being sought in connection with conspiracy to rob several stores in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The indictment was unsealed following the recent arrest of Johnson, who eluded law enforcement for several months.
The first robbery occurred Dec. 15, 2016, at Orsini’s Market in Erie, according to the indictment. The second happened Jan. 2 at a Family Dollar store in Benton Harbor, Mich., followed by the Jan. 16 robbery at Uni-Mart. A fourth robbery occurred Jan. 29 at Circle K in Erie.
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Each robbery was planned, according to the indictment, and included one individual acting as a lookout and getaway driver while others entered the store.
According to Ferguson Township police Sgt. Ryan Hendrick, three suspects entered the Uni-Mart store, fired a round of ammunition and took cash. They then fled on foot toward the Best Buy on North Atherton Street. The shots were fired into a wall behind the clerk.
Carter was charged with robbery, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, theft, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering another person. Erie City police arrested Carter on Feb. 10 and charged him with possession of a firearm-prohibited and firearms not to be carried without a license.
Johnson was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, theft and receiving stolen property. Johnson, according to police, acted as a lookout.
Carter and Johnson were also charged in the indictment with interference of commerce by robbery.