August 18, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Downtown Robbery Arrest

Rodrick Johnson, 19, of Springfield has been charged with 1st Degree Robbery regarding an incident that occurred in the Park Central Square area on 08/9/2010.

Johnson was one of three suspects involved in a robbery in which two people were assaulted and a third victim had a cell phone stolen. Johnson struck one of the victims with a baseball bat during the robbery.

Johnson and the other suspects approached the victims who were walking near Campbell and Olive. The suspects got out of a brown Oldsmobile and started assaulting Ian Lee, 21, and Zachary Downs, 21. Johnson struck Lee with his fist and took his wallet. Johnson then struck Downs with a baseball bat.

After stealing the wallet the suspects took a cell phone belonging to Lara McCambridge. McCambridge, 21, was walking with Lee and Downs when the attack occurred.

Johnson is being held in the Greene County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Police are continuing their investigation.

SPD Case Number: 10-34546

Media Contact: Lt. David Millsap, phone: 864-1751; Release authorized by: Lt. David Millsap

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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