COLUMBUS – A Columbus man accused of robbing two Columbus convenience stores was arrested Thursday, Oct. 16 by investigators with the Columbus Police Department.
According to CPD Commander of Investigations Brent Swan, Marshal Porter, 36, of 104 McHall Drive in Columbus, has been charged with two counts of armed robbery for a series of alleged store robberies that occurred on the night of Wednesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 16.
At approximately 9:53 p.m. on Oct. 15, emergency radio traffic indicated a robbery had allegedly taken place at the Riverhill Chevron at 229 Main St. The suspect, who was reportedly wearing a white shirt with jeans and sporting facial hair, allegedly demanded money from the cashier upon entering the store. Although the suspect said he had a weapon, one was not wielded. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the store, prompting a manhunt through the Hitching Lot Farmers Market and Columbus Soccer Complex area.
Later, the Sprint Mart at Highway 69 and Yorkville Road also reported being robbed and the same description of the bandit was given to the CPD.
Porter was positively identified and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested without incident in front of his residence on McHall Drive later that morning.0