Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, Cherry Hill Police Chief William Monaghan and Pennsauken Police Chief John Coffey reported the last of three defendants has been convicted in connection with a string of armed robberies.
A jury on Monday found Andrew E. Johnson Jr., 22, of Pennsauken, guilty on 25 separate counts including two counts of armed robbery and three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery.
Two co-defendants, Jarell A. Marson, 28, and Ricardo Rivera Jr., 23, both of Pennsauken, previously pleaded guilty to robbery charges.
The spree began with a robbery at a 7-Eleven at Haddonfield Road and Maple Avenue in Cherry Hill around 1:00 a.m. on August 2nd, 2012. In that incident a clerk working there was hit on the head with a pipe.
About an hour and a half later, the men struck a Wendy’s on Route 70 in Pennsauken. Several shots were fired during that incident at employees at the restaurant, though no one was injured.
On August 5th, 2012, police received a report of a suspicious 1994 Nissan in the area of another 7-Eleven located at Westeria Avenue and Cuthbert Boulevard in Cherry Hill. An attempt to enter that business was foiled because the clerk had locked the doors due to a power outage. After a brief vehicle pursuit, officers were able to take Marson and Rivera into custody. Johnson, however, fled from the vehicle and was arrested on August 7th, 2012.
During the trial, the state used cell phone data to prove that Johnson communicated with Marson and Rivera prior to the robberies and to place Johnson at the robberies. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit oversaw the prosecution of the case.
Marson and Rivera are scheduled to be sentenced on January 8th. Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on February 5th.
Released Tuesday, December 15th, 2015.