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Friday, August 17, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announces the arrest of a second suspect accused of the armed robbery and kidnapping of an elderly couple in May.

Donald Javonta Smith (12/29/1990) is charged with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Burglary First Degree and Possession of a Firearm by Person Convicted of a Violent Felony.

Smith was arrested this afternoon at a home on Fairfield Road near the Hollywood Hills Neighborhood.

Officers with CPD’s Warrant Team, and members of SLED and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department recognized Smith standing outside on Fairfield Road.

Smith is accused of running into a residence and hiding in the attic.

While officers were inside the home speaking with an occupant, Smith fell through the ceiling and on to the floor.

He was treated at the scene by EMS for a minor injury to his arm before being arrested.

Smith was then transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

In May, Smith, John Brandon Foster (DOB: 9/1/1992) and an unidentified suspect are accused of forcing their way inside an elderly couple’s home on Koon Road.

The men allegedly made verbal death threats to the victims, pointed guns at them, and forced the couple to lie on the ground.

The suspects allegedly stole several items including a wallet and purse, electronics, jewelry, and guns.

Several of the stolen goods were recovered at a home on Koon Road and taken into evidence as part of the investigation.

Foster was previously charged with Three Counts of Burglary Second Degree, Burglary First Degree, Kidnapping and Two Counts of Larceny.

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