36-year-old man charged in March 1 armed robbery

March 07, 2010

A 36-year-old man was arrested after police said his inmate ID card was recovered from a crime scene. An 18-year-old Aberdeen man said he was traveling in the 700 block of E. Baltimore St. on March 1 when he noticed he was being followed by a red sedan carrying several men, police said. He told officers that the driver, who was wearing a mask, and a second man approached him from behind and pointed a gun at him. They searched his pockets and took $1,225 in cash, police said. During the robbery, the second man dropped an inmate identification card in the name of Jonathan Bell. Police tracked down Bell, who "used a country accent to convince police he had nothing to do with the robbery," according to spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Bell, who police said has a record in North Carolina, California, Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma, has been charged with armed robbery.

- Justin Fenton

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