FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield teen accused of a four-month-long, one-man armed crime spree last year was ordered Monday to stand trial as an adult on eight felony robbery charges, a felony assault charge and an attempted robbery charge.
Javion A. Holmes, 18, looked bored and sometimes distracted as he sat quietly in a courtroom during his two-day probable cause hearing that ended Monday.
The final witness at the hearing was Fairfield police Sgt. Samuel Rowland, who recalled Holmes’ explanations shortly after his arrest about why his distinctive shoes, the ones found by police in his closet, were seen in the video surveillance footage of some of the robberies.
Holmes, then 17, had a quick explanation for Rowland.
Yes, those were his shoes being worn by the masked bandit toting a gun at the gas station robberies. But he explained he had loaned his Adidas tennis shoes to someone else who did the March 22, 2013, heist. That person later returned the shoes to him along with a carton of Newport cigarettes and a pack of Swisher cigars he received from the gas station as payment for loaning the real robber his shoes.
Police found the cigars and cigarettes at Holmes’ Sanctuary Circle home at the same time they found the shoes and a BB gun.
Rowland, who kept a straight face, went on to testify that Holmes said he helped another robber five days later elude detection again by loaning him another pair of his shoes, Converse tennis shoes that were also returned, for another gas station robbery.
Holmes is also accused of robbing the same North Texas Street cigarette shop three times and an adjacent Subway eatery twice between February and April 2013. The third robbery at the cigarette shop included an altercation in which a clerk came at the robber with a stick, prompting the robber to open fire on the clerk. A single BB pellet nicked the clerk’s hand before the robber fled.
Holmes is also accused of robbing a Chase Bank ATM customers at gunpoint and trying to rob another in May 2013, shortly before he was apprehended.
Holmes was ordered to return to court Feb. 10 to be arraigned on the felony charges.
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