Armed rob­bery ac­tu­ally a drug deal gone wrong

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

What po­lice ini­tially be­lieved was an at­tempted armed rob­bery at Don’s Su­perette has turned out to be a drug deal gone bad.

Cov­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cers were orig­i­nally told that a pa­tron had pumped some gas and, as he was get­ting ready to leave, a man bran­dish­ing a hand­gun got into the pa­tron’s car and told him to drive. Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from CPD Cap­tain Ken Mal­com, the driver, 19-year-old Cor­nelius

Hudson, was ac­tu­ally there to sell four ounces of marijuana to 24-year-old Je­mar­cus Kemp. The drug sale had been set up by a third man, Dex­ter Jones Jr., dur­ing a three-way call be­tween all three men.

How­ever, in­stead of pay­ing for the marijuana, Kemp pulled a firearm on Hudson and de­manded the drugs. A phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion en­sued inside Hudson’s ve­hi­cle, caus­ing him to wreck and Kemp to flee the scene.

A CPD de­tec­tive lo­cated a cell phone be­long­ing to Hudson while on the scene and put to­gether phone and text records that led to all sus­pects. Fol­low­ing in­ter­views, it was found that the re­ported armed rob­bery was ac­tu­ally a failed drug deal. Dur­ing a search of Hudson’s ve­hi­cle, the four ounces of marijuana was lo­cated.

Hudson and Kemp were both ar­rested. Hudson was charged with false state­ments and sale of marijuana. Kemp was charged with armed rob­bery, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony, felony at­tempt or con­spir­acy.

Dex­ter Jones Jr., 26, has not yet been lo­cated, how­ever there are war­rants our for his ar­rest for sale of marijuana. Po­lice ask that any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Jones, to contact the CPD at (770) 786-7605. Tips can be given anony­mously.

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