Four men and the mother of one of them are facing charges in the half-million-dollar robbery at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre offices July 13, and police said they recovered more of the cash in a series of arrests Tuesday.
Two men were charged with six counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of conspiracy, spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
A man and a woman were each charged with being accessories who helped after the robbery and with other counts, and a man was charged with possession of stolen property, Sughrue said.
Authorities said that the woman arrested, 34-year-old Kianna Lynn Baker, is the mother of Javeal Aaron Baker, 17. She was charged with being an accessory and he with six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy.
The day of the robbery, police arrested Adjani Jari Bryant, who turns 23 on Thursday, on armed robbery and kidnapping charges after a Wake County sheriff’s deputy discovered him on foot in the vicinity of the concert venue.
Police did not disclose Tuesday night how much money they found when they made the arrests.
Walnut Creek was hit after the offices opened on a Monday morning following weekend concerts.
The robbers took money from the theater and wallets and cellphones from five employees who were in the office. Holding those people during the heist led to the second-degree kidnapping charges.
The other three arrested Tuesday were:
▪ Jamell Cha Melvin, 33, charged with six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiring with Javeal Baker.
▪ Lorenzo Demarcus McNeill, 20, charged with being an accessory.
▪ Shymale Malik Robertson, 19, charged with possession of stolen property.
Police declined to say whether the stolen property charge for Robertson related to cash from the theater or something else.
The arrests were a daylong operation for detectives.
“They had developed a very good understanding of what had occurred and who was involved” during the robbery investigation, Sughrue said.
All of those charged have Raleigh addresses except Javeal Baker, who was listed in records as having no permanent address.
In addition to the robbery-related charges, Kianna Baker was charged with felony possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell and deliver it, and she was being held in lieu of $85,000.
McNeill was charged with felony possession of a Schedule I drug, which is the category that includes heroin and opiates. He was being held in lieu of $178,000 bail.
Robertson was freed on bond on the stolen-property charge. He had been arrested earlier this summer on a charge of possession of Schedule I drugs with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute them and misdemeanor marijuana possession and has court appearances scheduled Aug. 26 and Sept. 3.
Javeal Baker was being held in lieu of $3 million bail. He had been arrested Sunday on an assault charge stemming from an April 7 incident, records showed.
Melvin was being held on $1,503,000 bail. Detectives charged him Tuesday with assault with a deadly weapon on July 8.
Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT