Three more men charged in internet cafe robbery that left employees dead

Three more Columbus men were charged with robbing an internet cafe on the East Side at gunpoint, which left two employees dead.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Chris King, 24, Justice Stringer, 24, and Brisco Dawkins, 50, for their roles in the Players Paradise robbery and the slaying of husband and wife Joseph and Karen Arrington in January.

Interim Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien and federal authorities released the charges Friday.

They noted that the two other men, Dezhan Townsend, 20, and Desjuan Harris, 24, who were previously charged and arrested July 3, are also included in the indictment.

On the day of the robbery, one of the men pretended to play a game in the cafe, but when Karen Arrington tried to go into the back office the men pounced, immediately confronting her husband, according to court documents.

All five men face robbery charges, but Townsend, Stringer and King have been charged with two counts of murder, accused of shooting security guard Joseph Arrington and then killing his wife.

Dawkins and Stringer remained in custody after federal Magistrate Judge Chelsey Vascura ordered that the two men be held without bond.

King remains at large, and Columbus police encourage anyone with any information on his whereabouts to call 614-645-4545.

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