Suspect in WF gun store robbery pleads guilty

Suspect in WF gun store robbery pleads guilty
(Source:KAUZ)
(Source:KAUZ)

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A 24-year-old is facing life in prison after he pleads guilty to the armed robbery of a Wichita Falls gun shop.

Charles Brandon Johnson is on trial for the crime that ended in gunfire.

It happened in November of 2015 at Texoma Armory in the 4700 block of Southwest Parkway.

On Tuesday, the jury heard two interviews detectives had with Johnson.

In the first interview, conducted while Johnson was in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound he got during the shooting, he denied having any part in the crime and said he was just a customer in the store that day.

In the recording played during the trial, he told detectives someone came in and told him to put his hands up and added, he did not know who that person was.

However, detectives say the second time they interviewed Johnson, about three weeks after the armed robbery, Johnson told detectives, "Yes it happened," and "yes we did it."

Police say Rodney Darvaun Robinson is the other person involved in the shooting and is awaiting trial.

Johnson also told investigators he and the other suspect were after guns, not money, adding he was homeless and was doing it for a good reason.

Johnson also claims he tried to tell the gun shop owner they meant no harm.

The gun shop owner was also shot that day during an exchange of gunfire, and detectives say in that second interview, Johnson told them he "really hoped that man's alright."

Johnson admitted he did have a taser on him at that time, but not a gun.

Detectives said a rifle stolen from the store during the shooting was never recovered.

The state rested its case Tuesday, and the defense will get started Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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