Man arrested in Montgomery business robbery charged in multiple cases

Man arrested in Montgomery business robbery charged in multiple cases
Johnnie Davis (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A man has been arrested in connection with several robberies that happened this year, according to the Montgomery Police Department.

Capt. Saba Coleman says the most recent robbery happened Wednesday night at a business in the 1600 block of Perry Hill Road, which is near Interstate 85. MPD has a policy to not release the names of businesses where crimes happen. That block includes a shopping center with a number of businesses.

Coleman says police were called to the business around 8:40 p.m. At the scene, officers spoke to the complainant who said a person entered the business and demanded cash. No one was injured.

Police say Davis was armed with a handgun during the incident but they haven’t released any other details about the robbery.

According to police, Johnnie Davis, 34, was identified as the suspect in the robbery and arrested Thursday. He was charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the incident.

Police said that upon further investigation, Davis was charged with seven additional counts of first-degree robbery that happened between Jan. 23 and Nov. 11.

Police also charged Portia Gilbert, 34, in connection to an incident on Jan. 23. She faces two counts of first-degree robbery. Gilbert was taken into custody Thursday.

Portia Gilbert
Portia Gilbert (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)

According to Alabama law, a person commits first-degree robbery if he is armed with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, says he is armed with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or causes serious physical injury to another during a robbery.

They were both placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

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