Third suspect arrested in New Jersey for Florence armed robbery in April

Third suspect arrested in New Jersey for Florence armed robbery in April

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A third suspect in a home invasion and armed robbery in Florence in April was apprehended in New Jersey and returned to South Carolina on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Johnny Harold Larue Matthews, 34, of Florence, was arrested on June 8 after he was found in a New Jersey hotel on May 16 by the U.S. Marshals Service. He was wanted in connection with a reported armed robbery on April 21 that occurred in the 3700 block of Southborough Road in Florence, the release states.

Another suspect, 25-year-old Nicole Elizabeth Blackmon allegedly entered the home after getting permission from the victim and then let 29-year-old Spencer Wayne Davis and Matthews into the house. Then, the suspects allegedly robbed the victim at gunpoint.

Matthews is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, burglary, distribution of heroin, three counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the armed robbery and another incident in April 2016.

Matthews is being held at the Florence County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

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