Lee County robbery investigation leads to double arrest

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects linked to an armed robbery investigation. 

Deputies say 19-year-old Radrekius Tykel Smith of Salem turned himself in and was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one outstanding warrant for third-degree domestic violence on Jan. 9 around 11 a.m. CST. 

Radrekius Tykel Smith

(Radrekius Tykel Smith)

On Jan. 10 around 2:30 p.m CST, deputies say 22-year-old Sanquan Demerius Brown of Opelika also turned himself in and was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree possession of marijuana.

Sanquan Demerius Brown

(Sanquan Demerius Brown)

Deputies say the robbery charges stem from the following events:

On January 5, at around 8 p.m. CST, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery that had occurred in a trailer park in the 500 block of Lee Road 40 Salem, AL.

According to the victims, they were driving out of the trailer park when a gold mid-sized vehicle with no lights on was blocking the roadway exiting the park. The victims were attempting to go around the parked car when four armed individuals jumped out and began pointing guns at them.

The offenders held the victims at gunpoint while they stole an AR-15 rifle and a wallet from them before fleeing the scene. The victims were able to recognize two of the robbers as former high school classmates Radrekius Tykel Smith and Sanquan Demerius Brown.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10, at the homes of Smith and Brown. The search of both homes revealed a small quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other evidence possibly linking Smith and Brown to the robbery.

Smith is currently being held in the Lee County Detention Facility on a $203,000 bond. Brown has been released after posting a $207,000 bond.

This case remains under investigation and additional arrests and charges are expected. If you have any information about this case please contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334.749.5651.

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