By Patrick Yost
A Morgan County Grand Jury returned criminal indictments against two men charged in separate incidents of robbery.
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen Bradley presented evidence against Jose Montijo, 44, Greensboro regarding Montijo’s alleged armed robbery of the River Store, Greensboro Highway. The Grand Jury returned an indictment for armed robbery against Montijo.
Montijo was arrested less than a day after he allegedly shoved a clerk at the River Store into a cigarette display counter and emptied the store’s cash drawer. Morgan County Sheriff reports state that the robbery occurred on Saturday, Feb. 16 at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The following day, Sunday, Feb. 17 officers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Greensboro Police Department surrounded Montijo’s Spring Street, Greensboro residence and executed a search warrant on the residence, arresting Montijo.
Reports state that the clerk’s cell phone and other personal items were in the residence.
Travis Holland, 27, Buckhead was also indicted by the Grand Jury on one count robbery by intimidation. Holland was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 30 after he turned himself in to authorities following the publication of surveillance video taken from a cashier’s stand at Wal Mart during the commission of a robbery. Reports state that on Friday, Jan. 25 Holland allegedly walked up to a cashier at the garden center of Wal Mart and gave her his phone with the message “Open the drawer, five me money, I have a gun.”
Officers shared the image with the Morgan County Citizen and Facebook in an attempt to identify the person responsible for the robbery. Within three days officers had obtained an arrest warrant against Holland.
The Grand Jury also returned two no bills against Gary Daniel Mullins, Jr., 47, Mansfield on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and aggravated assault. The Grand Jury did, however, indict Mullins on one charge possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and reckless conduct. Mullins was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on Jan. 9 after he was released from a mental evaluation facility. Mullins had been placed in the facility on Dec. 26 after he allegedly drove past the personal residence of Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley on Old Mill Road and fired four shots into the air while the sheriff was standing outside.
Reports state that Markley followed Mullins and after Mullins pulled into a cemetery parking lot at the intersection of Davis Academy and Old Mill Road the sheriff and a second deputy were able to detain Mullins.
After the stop, Chief Deputy Keith Howard said, “Observations and communications with the individual led to the individual being transported for mental health evaluation.”