MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Two men are behind bars after a robbery on South Third Street over the weekend.
Jernell Bonds, 21, is charged with attempted felony first degree murder, robbery and aggravated assault and Travarus Bonds, 20, is charged with robbery and theft of property after the couple stole a local store.
At around 10 a.m. on June 4, two men entered Piecez de Couture Fashion located in the 5300 block of South Third Street and robbed the business at gunpoint.
According to court documents, a store employee said he was at the front door, unlocking the door to open the business, when a silver Nissan Altima with the rear passenger-side window taped down, occupied by two men, stopped.
The victim said one of the men, later identified as Jernell Bonds, asked what they were selling in the store and the victim replied come in and look around.
The victim said the two men walked into the store and Jernell Bonds pointed the handgun at the victim and said, “Give me everything.”
According to records, the other man, later identified as Travarus Bonds, proceeded to grab approximately 10 pairs of Nike shoes worth approximately $2,000 and placed them inside the silver Nissan Altima.
When the suspects fled the business, the victim exited, at which point Jernell Bonds began shooting the victim, according to the affidavit.
Another person, an employee of a nearby store, was outside when the gunfire started and took cover.
Officers responded to the scene and broadcast a broadcast, police said. Victims told police about 10 shots were fired by the suspects.
Shortly after, other officers responded to a gunshot in the 5000 block of Clinton where a man was shot in the leg.
The two men were in a silver Nissan Altima with the rear passenger side window taped.
Reports say that as officers tried to rescue the man, Travarus Bonds, that’s when Jernell Bonds came back inside the car and fled, according to an affidavit.
He walked back to the scene of the shooting and the police began questioning him.
Travarus Bonds had been shot in the leg and was taken to Regional Hospital One for treatment.
Officers located the Nissan Altima parked in the driveway of an abandoned house in the 1100 block of Longcrest, according to the affidavit. Officers found several shoeboxes in the back seat.
According to court documents, officers heard the broadcast of the corporate robbery and determined that the suspects and the car in the corporate robbery were the same people as the man who was punched in the leg and the man they were questioning.
Just before 11 a.m., officers took Jernell Bonds to the location of the South Third business robbery and conducted a single shot where the robbery victim identified Jernell Bonds as one of the suspects responsible for the theft of his business, according to informations.
Jernell Bonds was arrested, waived his rights to Miranda and provided a full confession, according to the affidavit.
He is due in court on June 8 and his bond has been set at $60,000.
Travarus Bonds is due in court on June 8 and there is no information on the bonds.
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