Wednesday, 10 February 2016 23:27

Robber Convicted, Foiled by Dropped Cellphone

MEMPHIS – February 10, 2016 - A 21-year-old man has been convicted of aggravated robbery in a 2014 holdup that was solved with the help of a cellphone dropped by a codefendant, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
Defendant Alex Coleman also was convicted of attempted aggravated robbery. He will be sentenced March 22 by Criminal Court Judge Glenn Wright.
The robbery occurred the night of Jan. 7, 2014, as two men who had just gotten off work sat in their truck in the 4300 block of Dunn Road just west of Cherry Road in southeast Memphis.
Two men ran up to them, demanded money and one of them fired a shot into the car. The bullet passed through the pants leg of one victim, but he was not injured. One victim was robbed of about $450 and the other was pistol whipped in the face.
When the robbers were leaving, codefendant Stedmon Fentress dropped his cellphone which police traced to him. Fentress, 23, then was developed as a suspect and arrested. Fentress is awaiting disposition of his case.
The trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Austin Scofield.