A man suspected of robbing a popular Southside store at gunpoint is in custody after a Crimestoppers tip led to his arrest last Thursday evening. According to Columbus Police, Quincy Lashawn Holmes, age 18, of 212 Highway 45 South in Brooksville, entered the M & K Grocery store on Bell Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. last Wednesday evening and demanded the clerk empty the cash register. Unfortunately for the suspect, the clerk recognized him from his recent visit to the store- just ten minutes before.
The clerk told police the young man had attempted to buy beer about ten minutes before the robbery occurred but the clerk turned him down for lack of proper identification. Holmes reportedly returned to the store brandishing a handgun in a paper bag and pointed it at the clerk. The witness described the suspect to police as a young black male wearing a blue bandanna over his face with a white t-shirt and red shorts. He said the bandit made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and two handfuls of Newport cigarettes.
Columbus Police began a manhunt for the suspect after viewing surveillance video captured by the store’s security cameras. Investigators visited at least four homes in East Columbus and Southside throughout the night Wednesday in search of the robber. Police then released video of the incident to WCBI and The Packet early Thursday morning in an attempt to gather information from the public.
Tips from concerned local citizens poured into Golden Triangle Crimestoppers, and Columbus Police questioned several suspects throughout the day Thursday until an unidentified female provided the tip that cracked the case. The anonymous caller led authorities to Quincy Holmes as he was travelling West on Alabama St. Holmes was stopped in front of KFC while driving a white Toyota Camry.
Holmes, who had just been released from the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center 8 days earlier on a Grand Larceny Charge, was briefly taken to CPD headquarters before returning to LCADC for an extended stay. Holmes was charged with Armed Robbery; his bond was set at $100,000.