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Deputies arrest three men for robbing residence

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Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a 19-year-old Lexington man, 25-year-old Lexington man and 22-year-old Lexington man on charges that the three men forcibly entered a home on Doe Trail Drive near Lexington on Saturday, February 14 and robbed at gunpoint a married couple who live at the Doe Trail Drive home. Deputies also charged the 22-year-old Lexington man with unlawfully entering a second home on Saturday on Doe Trail Drive while armed with a firearm and with the intent to rob the homeowner.

Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said deputies arrested Jonathan Christian Hughes, 19, and Antonio Lamont Johnson, 25, both of 124 Deer Moss Trail, Lexington, and Jahmand Maurice McNeill, 22, of 192 Deer Moss Trail, Lexington. Hughes, Johnson and McNeill each were being held without bond on Wednesday, February 18 at the Lexington County Detention Center after a Lexington County magistrate denied bond for the three men.

Deputies arrested Hughes and Johnson on Sunday, February 15 on arrest warrants that detectives obtained for Hughes and Johnson on two counts each of kidnapping and one count each of armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, McCarty said. Deputies arrested McNeill on Saturday on arrest warrants that detectives obtained for McNeill on two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, one count of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of assaulting a law enforcement officer who was engaged in serving process.

Arrest warrants allege that at about 1:10 a.m. on Saturday Hughes, Johnson and McNeill forcibly entered a home on Doe Trail Drive while armed with a shotgun, McCarty said.

Arrest warrants further allege that McNeill forced the married couple who live at the Doe Trail Drive home to enter and stay in a shower while Hughes and Johnson stole items from the couple’s home, including Wii and Xbox video game consoles, a Samsung Galaxy Note smart phone and iPod portable media players, McCarty said. McNeill threatened to kill the married couple’s three children, ages 10, 14 and 15, if the couple did not comply with his demands.

Deputies found some of the items that were reported stolen from the Doe Trail Drive home at McNeill’s home, McCarty said. Deputies also found some of the stolen items in woods near the home where Hughes and Johnson live.

Arrest warrants also allege that at about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday McNeill unlawfully entered a second home on Doe Trail Drive while armed with a shotgun and with the intent to rob the homeowner, McCarty said. The homeowner confronted and disarmed McNeill, who was arrested by deputies when they arrived at the home in response to a call concerning the burglary. McNeill used his elbow to hit a deputy in the officer’s face when the officer was in the process of arresting McNeill. The deputy was not seriously injured.

McCarty asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity in which Hughes, Johnson and McNeill were involved to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can report information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).