EAST ST. LOUIS, ILL. (February 28, 2014) A Fort Hood soldier was held Friday in the St. Clair, Illinois County Jail without bond on a federal detainer charging armed robbery.
Denzell Grant, 19, was indicted on Feb. 20 for the Oct. 13, 2013, robbery of a convenience store in Swansea, Ill., during which the indictment says he fired a handgun.
The indictment says Grant walked into the Max's One Stop Shop, pointed a handgun at the attendant and demanded money.
After the clerk handed over the cash, the robber and the clerk got into a fight, during which the weapon discharged inside the store, but the indictment does not say whether the clerk was hit.
During an initial appearance on Thursday, court documents say, Grant pleaded not guilty to the charge and U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan ordered him held without bond.
Grant is charged with interference with commerce by robbery and with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Grant, who lists his home of record as South Carolina, is an active duty soldier assigned to Fort Hood, authorities said.