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Robbery suspect shot by intended victim 2

Harley Johnson

Provided by Wash. Co. Sheriff's Dept.

It started out as seemingly a textbook robbery. Walk into the quiet little general store when seemingly no customers were around, flourish a weapon and demand the loot from the cashier, and then jump in the (stolen) truck and head off long before the local sheriff's deputies could respond the several miles to the rural outpost.

But it didn't go by the book when Harley Johnson, 24, of Cadet reportedly decided to hold up Cobb's Grocery in Richwoods, in rural Washington County, early Tuesday morning.

Johnson was charged with attempted armed robbery Tuesday, a short time after he entered Cobb's and flourished a can of mace and a knife, and was subsequently shot by a store worker.

According to a sheriff's department spokesperson, as the clerk attempted to retrieve the money another employee attempted to stop the robbery by firing one shot in Johnson's direction.

Hit by the round, Johnson ran out of the store and fled in 4-door gold Dodge Ram pickup. It was later learned that the truck had been stolen from the Bonne Terre area during the early morning hours Tuesday.

Washington County deputies spotted Johnson a short distance from the store he had just tried to rob. He was reportedly driving erratic before coming to a complete stop in the middle of the road.

The officers moved in and discovered the driver, Johnson, had suffered a gunshot wound. He was taken into custody and transported to a St. Louis-area hospital for treatment.

He has been charged with first-degree attempted robbery, armed criminal action, tampering in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon. He was given a $75,000 bond and issued a parole warrant with no bond in connection with the warrant. 

He has prior convictions for three counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, second-degree burglary, possession of a chemical with intent to make meth and resisting arrest.

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