Man charged in January Exxon robbery


Howard County Police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for the armed robbery of an Exxon convenience store in Columbia in January. 
Cedric Ryan Murphy, 31, was charged for the January 19 robbery where a masked man entered into the Exxon/Circle K in the 8200 block of Snowden River Parkway just after midnight. 
Police say Murphy displayed a knife and demanded money and cigarettes. Although his face was covered, the clerk recognized him as a customer that had previously been in the store earlier in the evening. 
A review of surveillance video showed Murphy in the store the say before buying cigarettes, then the day of the robbery the same man returned wearing the same clothing, with a bandana partially covering his face. 
Detectives located Murphy on April 12. During a traffic stop, police found illegal drugs. Murphy is said to have resisted arrest, reached for an officer's gun and threatened to harm himself and police. 
Murphy was not physically injuries, but was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. He is being held on no bond.
Murphy was charged with armed robbery, second degree assault, theft, drug possession, resisting arrest and trying to disarm a police officer when he was taken into custody. 
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