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Monday, May 27, 2024

Fourth suspect apprehended in armed robbery at Evans Prairie

Marcus Cortuz Johnson
Marcus Cortuz Johnson

The fourth suspect in the June 16 armed robbery at Evans Prairie Country Club was taken into custody at 12:20 p.m. Monday by U.S. Marshals and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Marcus Cortuz Johnson, 30, of Leesburg is being held without bond at the Lake County Jail on Sumter County warrants charging him with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Johnson is accused of conspiring with three former employees of the country club to commit the armed robbery which took place at 1:30 a.m. June 16 when the manager was preparing to leave with the night deposit.

Evans Prairie Country Club employee Melinda Michelle Brown, 40, of Leesburg, was arrested June 20 at work. She is no longer working at the country club. She entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery on June 26 in Sumter County Court. Former country club employee Latorya Monique Brown, 32, of Leesburg, was arrested in Lake County on a Sumter County warrant charging her with conspiracy to commit robbery. Fellow former county club employee Keithen Jamar Rawlings, 22, of Leesburg, also was arrested in Lake County on Sumter County warrants charging him with robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Johnson never worked at the country club. He has several prior arrests in Lake County. Those prior arrests have been on a host of drug charges, battery, possession of a firearm by a felon and burglary.

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