Robbery suspects make first court appearance

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The two suspects facing charges in connection to a series of robberies in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties over the weekend made an appearance in US District Court in Evansville Tuesday.

Davontai Jones-Robinson, 23, of Evansville and Trinity Taylor, 26, of Prattville, Alabama, are facing federal charges in connection to the robberies at gas stations in Evansville and Elberfeld. 

Each face three counts of obstruction of commerce by robbery and three counts of use of a firearm during and relation to a crime of violence.

Investigators were able to determine that the same individual committed the robberies and the same dark colored passenger car was involved as the getaway vehicle. The license plate number was identified and investigators from the Indiana State Police were able to determine it belonged to a car rental company. Records indicated that Taylor was renting the vehicle in question.

Federal authorities say Taylor drove the car and Jones-Robinson was the armed gunman who went inside and robbed the businesses.

A search warrant was executed at their apartment, and officials say several items related to all three robberies were discovered and secured as evidence.

Both face up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release after being released from federal prison.

Both are due back in court Friday.

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(This story was originally published on Aug. 18, 2020)

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