Three Charged in Greenville Armed Robbery Spree

Tyson Simpson, Julius Harris, and Latrell Dean

Three men were arrested Tuesday night in connection with a recent string of armed robberies in the Greenville area.  Greenville residents Julius Rashun Harris, 20, Latrell Floyd Dean, 22, and Tyson Marquis Simpson, 19, were taken into custody by Greenville County Sheriff’s deputies. And yes, these crimes were violent armed robberies, not “burglaries” as News Channel 7 is reporting.

According to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Melissia McKinney, the three men were responsible for burglaries at the Corner Mart, located at 8698 White Horse Road on December 6, on December 8 at Smokin Joe’s, located at 2700 Poinsett Highway, the Corner Mart,located at 6217 White Horse Road, on December 10, the Mini Mart, located at 2805 White Horse Road, on December 12, on December 13 at the Li’l Cricket, located at 400 Sulphur Springs Road, the Kangaroo, located at 1501 Rutherford Road, on December 14 and on December 18 at W.E. Willis, located at 2301 E. Lee Road.

McKinney says that investigators identified the three men through witness accounts and forensic evidence and they were taken into custody Tuesday night.

The staff writers at News Channel 7 might want to brush up on the difference between “burglary” and “robbery.”

According to judicial records, Julius Harris faces six counts of armed robbery, six counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, 2 counts of conspiracy, and one count of  discharging a firearm into a dwelling/vehicle.  Latrell Dean is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of conspiracy, and one count of attempted armed robbery.  Tyson Simpson faces two counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery, three counts of conspiracy, and two drug-related offenses.

All three men remain in the Greenville County Detention Center this evening and have not yet satisfied their bond requirements.  They may face additional charges following investigation into their involvement in other armed robberies.

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