Armed Robbery charges have been served on a man in connection with an incident in Clinton in the evening of New Years day. A young Joanna man reported to Clinton Public Safety at 9:12 Tuesday evening reported that he, his girlfriend and their infant child went to visit a friend on Beauregard Street. The friend’s brother allegedly invited him outside the ‘let the girls talk.’ Outside, the man allegedly pulled a silver box cutter from his pocket, opened the blade, and demanded the $20 he had on him. The subject reportedly didn’t put the blade away after getting the money, so the victim ran away, with the subject running after him, threatening to kill him. The victim’s wife and the subject’s sister reportedly left the house, got in a vehicle and picked up the victim.
Clinton Public Safety Officer Thomas Peay obtained a warrant for Armed Robbery and went to the subject’s house, placing him under arrest. He reportedly found the allegedly stolen $20 and two box cutters on the subject.
25-year-old Brandon Henry Ray Berry of 315 Beauregard Street, Clinton was charged with Armed Robbery, Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime, and Unlawful Use of a Telephone. Following the robbery, Mr. Berry allegedly challenged the victim by telephone to come back and he would beat him.
An $85,0000 bond was set on the Armed Robbery charge. Total cash or surety bonds on all three charges totaled $125,000. Berry is being held in the Johnson Detention Center.