MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile County District Attorney's office has released new developments in the Winn-Dixie robbery that led to the shooting of a Mobile Police Officer.
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich told FOX10 police are looking at the three suspects for a similar robbery of the same Winn-Dixie that happened in 2011.
Meanwhile, the third suspect Collier Kirksey was in court Thursday asking for bond.
Kirksey is facing five counts of attempted murder and one count of first degree robbery for his alleged involvement in robbing the Winn-Dixie and police shootout that critically wounded Mobile Police Officer Chad Wynn.
Rich described the as a tense situation with shots being fired at five officers. She said a brave Winn-Dixie employee helped catch the crooks from a store freezer.
"When they (the suspects) came in they were very demanding and masked. This particular employee was able to lock themselves in the freezer and call 911," said Rich. "That's how police were able to respond so quickly."
Rich said Kirksey pretended to be a victim that night when he was actually the ring leader and set the whole thing up.
"We have evidence to believe that he set and planned the robbery. Set it up and told co-defendants what time to be there, what time security guard gets off, very key information that lead to crime actually happening," Rich said.
Kirksey's family filled the front rows of Judge George Hardesty's courtroom and listened as he was called a "danger to the community" by the District Attorney's Office.
Kirksey's Attorney Raymond Bell said his client is not a danger and has been working with police from the beginning.
"He is a young man facing a very long prison sentence. He is or was gainfully employed and has a girlfriend who will give birth any day now," Bell said. "There is assurance he will not walk away."
Despite Bell's attempt to secure bond for his client, Judge Hardesty denied the request.
"The circumstances justify no bond," Hardesty said.
Visibly upset with the outcome, Kirksey's mother talked about her 18-year-old son.
"He's a hard worker. He's in college, and we are praying," said Kirskey's mother as she walked out of the courtroom.
During the bond, officials said Kirksey has a juvenile record, including charges of theft in which Rich told Judge Hardesty a gun was involved.
Rich said she believes we haven't heard the last of this case, and thinks more charges may be filed against all three suspects for a robbery that happened at the same Winn-Dixie of November 2011.
"The police are looking at that case to see if same defendants committed that robbery of Winn-Dixie in November," added Rich.
As for the other two suspects, 18-year-old Jackieth Harrison who was arrested shortly after the robbery was denied bond.
Police said a third suspect, 21-year-old Ronald Crear remains in USA Medical Center, at least for another week. Officials said he will be charged as soon as he is released.
Rich said Officer Wynn has been taken off of a ventilator and is showing signs of improvement, but he still has not talked since the shooting.
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