Knife pulled on clerk

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By Patrick Yost

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A Greensboro man was in custody less than a day after he allegedly held up a Morgan County convenience store at knife-point.

According to Lt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Jose Montijo, 44, was arrested without incident after officers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Greensboro Police Department surrounded Montijo’s Spring Street residence. 

Sellers said Montijo was a suspect in a Saturday, Feb. 16 robbery of the River Store, Greensboro Highway. Sellers alleged that Montijo drove a gold Chrysler Town and Country van to the store at approximately 9:30 p.m. The store was closed but a female clerk was still inside the store. Sellers said Montijo convinced the clerk to open so he could purchase cigarettes. After the clerk opened the door, Sellers said, Montijo allegedly followed the clerk behind the counter, pushed her against a cigarette display case, exposed a pocket knife and demanded that she open the register. She opened the register, Montijo allegedly took cash and fled.

Sellers said Montijo had been arrested in Morgan County last August on a traffic offense. As investigators were sharing still images from the robbery with staff, Sgt. Patricia Reynolds with the Morgan County Detention Center recognized the image as that of Montijo from the August arrest.

Also, Sellers said, Morgan County authorities had a bench warrant against Montijo from the August arrest for driving while unlicensed. Deputies went to Montijo’s old First Avenue address and were told that he had moved. An officer reported that he had observed Montijo walking on Spring Street and officers observed a gold Chrysler Town and Country in the driveway of the Spring Street residence where Montijo was arrested.

Approximately 15 officers surrounded the residence and a thermo-imaging drone was released. After officers received a search warrant for the residence, Montijo was arrested without incident at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Inside the residence, Sellers said, officers located the robbery victim’s cell phones, driver’s license and credit cards.

Montijo faces one count of armed robbery. He is also wanted, Sellers said, in Birmingham, Al. on a robbery charge.

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