Second suspect caught in murder of Lake City merchant

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.

A second suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of Lake City store owner Rajni Patel more than a year ago.

Acting on information provided by a Lake City police detective, U.S. Marshals on Thursday arrested Ernest Larry Grandison, 43, in Jefferson Parish, La., according to a report from the Lake City Police Department.

Grandison, of 864 NW Thetis Place in Lake City, was one of two men who held up the A&M Discount Beverage store, 394 SE Duval St., on April 27, 2012, police reported.

During the robbery, Patel, 55, was fatally wounded. His wife, Daxa Patel, was in the store during the robbery but was not harmed.

Investigators identified one of the suspects as James Leonard Johnson. On May 19, 2012, law enforcement officers served a search warrant on Johnson’s house, but he was not there. He later was arrested in the Jacksonville area.

Grandison, Johnson’s father‐in‐law, could not be located, and an arrest warrant for murder and robbery was issued.

Investigator David Greear of the LCPD recently developed a key piece of evidence on Grandison’s location. Acting on that information, Grandison was captured Thursday in Louisiana, police reported.

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