CHERRYVILLE, N.C. - A man accused of robbing a Gaston County couple inside the Cherryville Walmart pleaded with the judge Thursday not to raise his bond.
The robbery was caught on tape, where police said one of the victims was knocked to the ground.
The video showed the robbery unfold inside the Walmart. A 67-year-old man ended up on the floor as the robber ran away with the money he and his wife used to buy groceries.
The man asked not to be identified.
"I think it was terrible. I was counting out the money and laid it out on the counter. Here come his hand, (he) grabbed it, said ‘Thank you,’ and left. He run,” he said.
He and his wife are still shaken but what happened but glad a school resource officer was able to identify a suspect just days after the video aired on Channel 9. Police charged Dana Johnson after deputies made the arrest during a traffic stop.
"I just wished he hadn't of done it for his sake and my sake, because he doesn't know what kind of trouble he is in,” he said.
In court, Johnson appeared before a judge after being charged with common law robbery. Prosecutors asked the judge to increase Johnson's bond because of his previous run-ins with the law.
Eyewitness News checked and found arrest for a previous robbery, felony breaking and entering and larceny. The judge decided to raise his bond from $5,000 to $15,000, but not before allowing him to make his case.
"I'm not going to be making bond anyway. I'll be here until I go to the dock. I don't know why you want to raise it,” Johnson said.
Johnson remains in jail and will be back in court on Feb. 25.
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