A man accused of robbing the Timberlake Road Papa John’s at gunpoint in April was denied bond Monday.
Dehondria Jaleeka Hillman, 18, has been charged with four counts of robbery, four counts of using a firearm in a felony, one count of grand larceny and one count of wearing a mask to conceal one’s identity.
The Lynchburg Police Department named Hillman as one of two suspects in the April 24 robbery of the Papa John’s. Officers responded at around 12:40 a.m. following a report two men stole cash from the business and personal property from employees at gunpoint.
LPD said surveillance video footage showed one man pointing a handgun at the employees and the two running from the store after robbing it.
Hillman was arrested May 6 in South Carolina, according to court records and Lynchburg Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Calohan. In court, she said Hillman didn’t have an identification card on him when he was arrested and gave a false name to law enforcement at first.
She said Hillman’s identification card was left at the scene of the robbery. In addition, she said a jacket that was captured as evidence in the case is a “very strong indication” Hillman was a perpetrator.
Daniel Mowry, the attorney who represented Hillman, said charges from North Carolina brought against Hillman that Calohan mentioned in court were heard in a juvenile court there and dropped. He said his client would live with either his mother or grandmother if released and asked for “some reasonable bond,” since Hillman’s family doesn’t have much money to put up so he could be released.
Substitute Judge Randal Duncan said the ability to pay on a bond wasn’t as much of a concern as Hillman’s arrest in South Carolina and denied the motion.
After the robbery, LPD said the second suspect wore black sweatpants with the Adidas logo on the left leg, an American Eagle hoodie, a dark mask and slip-on Nike sandals at the scene, but didn’t name that second suspect. LPD Lt. Tony Crews said Monday there still is an active investigation into the case and no other arrests have been made.
Hillman is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Lynchburg General District Court on Aug. 8. He’s being held in the Amherst County Adult Detention Center.