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Arrest Made in March Armed Robbery in Montgomeryville

Cleveland Ford Jr., of Philadelphia, was arrested August 13 and charged in connection with a March 30 robbery of three LumenOptix employees

have arrested a 25-year-old Philadelphia man and charged him in connection with a March 30 armed robbery of three employees outside a Montgomeryville business.

Cleveland Ford Jr. is charged with 14 offenses, including eight felonies, in connection with an armed robbery outside LumenOptix, 203 Progress Drive:

  • Felony Robbery - Threatening With Serious Bodily Injury
  • Felony Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
  • Felony Robbery - Taking Property By Force
  • Conspiracy to Commit Robbery - Taking Property By Force
  • Felony First-Degree Aggravated Assault
  • Felony Second-Degree Aggravated Assault
  • Felony Possession of a Firearm by A Person Prohibited to Carry a Firearm
  • Felony Carrying a Firearm Without A License
  • Misdemeanor Simple Assault
  • Misdemeanor Theft By Unlawful Taking
  • Misdemeanor Receiving Stolen Property
  • Misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Misdemeanor Possession of a Weapon
  • Misdemeanor Possession of an Instrument of Crime

Ford Jr. was arraigned before District Judge Andrea Duffy on August 13. 

Bail was set at $100,000 cash, and Fox Jr. was committed to Montgomery County Prison in lieu of bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for August 28 at 10:15 a.m. before Duffy.

Police said the robbery occurred a little before 6:20 a.m. on March 30.

Three employees arriving for work were approached by two unidentified male suspects dressed in dark clothing, police said. 

There were no further descriptions of the suspects.

The suspects exited a small white vehicle, police said. As the suspects approached the employees, one brandished a handgun and demanded money from one of the employees, police said.

After receiving a small amount of cash from the victim, the suspects returned to the car and fled the scene, police said.

Ford Jr. has criminal offenses in the state dating back to June 2006.

He pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in Philadelphia in March 2009, as well as manufacture, delivery or possession of narcotics and conspiracy for such, and was sentenced to 11-and-a-half months to 23 months in prison, according to court records. Ford Jr. was placed on three years probation.

In June 2006, Ford Jr. was charged with numerous assault charges in Philadelphia, but all charges were dismissed or the prosecution chose not to follow through on a trial.

In December 2006, harassment charges were brought against Ford Jr., but were ultimately dismissed.

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