COVINGTON – Three men were arrested last week and charged with a robbery in the Thrifty Mart parking lot.
According to police reports, Joseph Williamson, 18, and Jarman Toliver, 22, stopped by the convenience store on Friday night. Toliver went inside and while Williamson waited in the car, three men allegedly surrounded him.
Williamson told police one of the men, Dexter Somerville, began demanding money from him and said, "Help a brother out."
Williamson told police he yelled for Toliver and told him to put the food in the trunk.
The report says another one of the men came up to Williamson and said, "Hi, nice to meet you. My name is Keith." He reportedly then repeated "Help a brother out."
Though Williamson and Toliver told the men they didn't have any money, they opened the car door and asked Williamson to give up his phone and wallet. When he refused, he was allegedly punched in the face until one of the men forced his way into the car.
Williams said it was then that the man who identified himself as Keith locked the doors and said, "Give me your wallet or it will get severe."
Toliver, at this time, was being assaulted outside of the vehicle.
Williamson told police he gave Keith $20 from his wallet and afterwards he and Toliver left.
Police recovered $24 from the suspects and have charged Keith Somerville with burglary, robbery and theft. Dexter and Derrick Somerville were theft, robbery and assault.
Asst. police chief Allen Wilson said this was just one in a string of several robberies lately. A delivery driver for Pizza Hut was robbed as was Thrifty Mart.
Midway Market at the corner of Mueller Brass and College Street lost thousands of dollars in a snatch and grab earlier this week.
Anyone with information about these robberies or any other crime in Covington is asked to call 901-475-1261.