Arrest Made In Murder Of Pawn Shop Owner

Posted on: 7:35 am, December 20, 2013, by and , updated on: 04:28pm, December 20, 2013

(Memphis) Memphis police arrested and charged two men for the robbery and murder of a south Memphis Pawn Shop owner.

Virak Hean was shot and killed Wednesday inside Lamar Jewelry and Pawn.

Police charged Charles Griffin with first-degree murder in perpetration of robbery.

They charged accused getaway driver Christopher Woodland with accessory after the fact first-degree murder.

Woodland has a bond of $250,000. Griffin is behind bars with no bond.

Griffen is accused of killing Hean before stealing items from the store.

Surveillance video showed a man shattering a glass case to steal jewelry before escaping in a red car.

The affidavit says Woodland told police he drove the getaway car, burned it and destroyed other evidence. He also split the money with Griffin.

Griffin is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

He’s been arrested dozens of times before on charges ranging from indecent exposure to aggravated robbery.

He was sentenced to seven years for the robbery, but a year and a half after he was sentenced, he was out of prison and charged with another crime.

The arrest provides only temporary relief for nearby business owners on Lamar.

“I’ve been concerned ever since I’ve been here because I’ve been robbed several times myself.  It does worry me but you know that’s the price you pay when you have a little small business,” said Washhouse owner Alton Ivey.

“You go to court and you prosecute them and all that stuff and three or four months later, you look out your window and say ‘there that guy goes again’,” said Ivey.

Griffin is due in court December 23rd.

50 comments

  • Mrs Peacock says:

    Lookin’ all sad ’cause you got caught! We have no sympathy for you! Rot in jail lowlife.

    • Randy Brown says:

      Totally agree with you. Sad looking face. Bet your expression wasn’t like that when YOU thought you got away with this. Now his family has no husband or father. Prison is to good for you two. Save the tax payers money and kill them both just like they did this kind man.

  • CJB says:

    not surprised

  • Making Sammaches says:

    Memphis crimeys are the smartest

  • Randy Brown says:

    Well, Well, really thought you could get away with this with all the cameras? Taking a life to steal. Rot in HELL both of you.

  • Ron Shaffer says:

    First degree premeditated murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony resulting in death. Hmmm sounds like a capital murder charge to me. At the very least 20 years without the possibility of parole and no good time just on the use of a gun. When are the courts and lawmakers going to wake up on this.

  • antonia mcgowen says:

    Was killing him necessary?????? I believe when u take a life. Yours should be taken to. If we do like some of these other countries do. A lot of this sh– would stop!!!!

  • Tina S says:

    Sad how a life is nothing to the young thugs!! But he want some mercy now burn in hell!!!

  • Nonya Bidness says:

    Give him life! That takes one more off the streets.

  • John smith says:

    I’m glad this animal is off the street! Now let justice be serve! Condolence to the family…

  • if obonzo had a son he’d look like that,! the guy on the duck show should have said obono’s chillun instead of gays

  • Greg says:

    Put this evil thug to death and save the taxpayers money. He doesn’t deserve a prison hotel room with three meals a day

  • this looks more like a job for the CDC rather than the traveling vice lords(MPD)

  • HatesElvis says:

    What is wrong with u scary white boys on here talking racist acting tough behind a computer screen i would respect u more if you did it in person or showed your face you boys are ignorant retards grow up…

  • hey elvis hater just because we tell the truth in intelligible English, and know how to spell “you”not in ghetto-speak, “U”how do you know we are white? maybe we payed attention in class instead of thinking about basketball or white women, or how the government owes me a living for standing on a street corner telling passing women what you think of their butts

  • IT IS SAD JUST FUCKING SAD THAT EVERYTHING IN MEMPHIS HAS TO BE ABOUT RACE. OK HE SHOULD DIE BUT STATEMENTS CAN BETAKEN OFFENSIVE FROM BOTH PARTIES!!!

  • Telco says:

    the ethnicity of the criminal is irrelevant the important thing is that he and his accomplice were identified and captured. They now face charges and it is up to the judicial system to render proper punishment for their heinous crime. I am greatly disappointed in people always turning everything into something race related. As if whites committ no crimes. There was a murder near Ole Miss and two whites and a black have been charged with that crime. Let not forget the white male recently arraigned for killing his wife the teacher in Memphis, let’s not forget the white male that went into the movie theater and killed several people. What about new town, Colorado Arkansas all three had shootings at a school in which the perpetrator was indeed white. Yes some blacks commit horrible crimes and make blacks as a whole look bad but before you categorize all of us in the street monkey category you may want to get to know one of us first you may find that we are indeed intelligent we have goals ambitions and would love to eliminate negative blacks as well.

    • Buckwheat says:

      Yeah, what about 11,000 of you people killing each other in the time of the Trayvon trial? Don’t hear any of you all speaking up about that, but all you have is Newton and the other school shootings…I’m sorry, does it take a black man to mass kill 11,000 at one time for someone to take notice before you get it through your thick pavement skulls?

      • Sam says:

        Buckwheat, clearly something is wrong with you, you may need a little counseling, Memphis is all jacked up with poverty and crime but racism lives strong in our city!! I wish all of you would just wake the hell up and just live…our lives are already written in the book of life and death and the way that you think you will go just very well may not be what you had in mind but there’s peace in heaven with our GOD and he clearly sees no race….Real Parents raise strong law abiding children, what kind of Parent are you?

      • Nonya Bidness says:

        So now our lives are in some book. So God knew about this crime and decided that it was time for him to go even if you was well loved withing him business community.

        What you are saying is “It’s All God’s Fault”

      • HatesElvis says:

        So you are telling me the same child molesting meth smoking, child porn watching white boys are on here talking bad about blacks this is the funniest stuff I’ve heard in a while lol….

  • midtown mike says:

    Cheer up Charles……I’m sure you’ll meet lots of women in the jailhouse whilst awaiting trial!

  • Telco says:

    Buckwheat since you don’t like the few I mentioned how about David Koresh, Charles Manson, Timothy Mcveigh, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy just to name a few. You see you are so racist and caught up with making the black man into some barbaric hardened criminal that you completely missed the point. I understand though your simple mind has one track and right now it is on racism so I will entertain you no further after this post. You sir are a prime example of why I think the people of the world is on the verge of destroying earth. I know I have little chance of broadening your mind so I just leave you with this. If you are a so called god fearing Christian and believe in final judgement remember you will have to answer for your racist ways.

    • Joe Williams says:

      Telco, you calling Buckwheat racist is laughable. It is obvious that you live in a world of denial. You quoted 4 names from around the country and went back several years to find them. I can show you 4 of your home boys committing a murder in Memphis on a daily basis. Sorry bud, but Memphis has a severe violent crime problem and 99.5% of it is committed by you dark skinned people. And that is not racist… That is reality!!! You cant spin facts.

  • Nonya Bidness says:

    It’s not crime …. It’s culture!

  • An eye for an eye; Griffin needs to be put to death along with Woodland. Accessory is the same as pulling the trigger yourself. You play, you pay.
    Taxpayers don’t need to keep supporting these fools in prisons. Don’t need DNA to prove he did it. We got video DAWG!!

  • sam there is no invisible imaginary friend, that’s just the delusion they give you to try and keep the masses under control

  • Ricky says:

    Wow. He was convicted of agg robbery previously and sentenced to seven years, but was out in one and a half committing other crimes. If he had done twenty years on one of his previous agg robbery charges, he wouldn’t have been out to kill this poor man. Stop playing with peoples’ lives and lock these Demchimps up forever (and their future ilk).

  • tiger says:

    Yeah, all the hood rats will be looking for a new baby daddy.

  • another day, another nest of feeble-minded hyenapes

  • J . F . says:

    I cant think of any reason to kill someone for their merchandise. Or take someone’s life just because i have a gun !! It upsets me when i turn on the t.v. to find out that someone has been shot or killed !!!

  • J . F . says:

    Anyone who commit a crime with a GUN should face the Death Penalty !
    Death Penalty should have a maximun stay of 5 years before being put to death…..

  • pooh says:

    WHITES GET TREATED BETTER THAN BLACKS..UMHUH WAT ABOUT THE WHITE MAN GEORGE ZIMMERIAN KILLED THE BLACK TEENAGER TRAYVON MARTIN DID HE GET LIFE? DID HE SPEND A HOUR BEHIND BARS? NOPEE..I SWEAR ION GET DIS ATT ALL SO ALL YALL WHITE FOLKS ON HERE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THAT.IN CHARLES WAS SUPPOSED TO BEEN KILLED D WHITE MAN DID YALL SEE HIS FACE ON THE CAMERA? NOPEE..I BET IF IT WAS ONE OF YALL WHITE FOLKS KILLING ONE OF US BLACK PEOPLE THEY WOULD’VE LET YALL SLIDE BUT THEY DNT NEVER GIVES US BLACK PEOPLE ANOTHER CHANCE…

    #JUSTTTT GIVEEEE HIMMMM ANOTHER CHANCE!!

  • Ricky says:

    When I see the moniker, “pooh,” I can’t help but think, “you can’t polish a turd,” anywho, Zimmerman killed in self defense, so you cannot compare what these criminals did with Z’s protecting his person. These Demchimps killed just because they can and because they want to. Don’t bring Z into this muddled affair. Z ain’t nothing to emulate, but, he was perfectly right for killing in self-defense (as our court system so deemed.) Oh, and Pooh…… You’re CAPS LOCK is ON, cone.

    • pooh says:

      Ricky wat was treyvon gone shoot george zimmerian with a pack of skittles and a drink..smh ain no bullets in dat yall just want charles dead or locked up for lifee yall need to stop bein racist!!

  • pooh says:

    Ion care bout nun of yall dirty status!!charles um praying fa ya..

    #free charles

  • gcode says:

    I love u cuzz

  • gcode says:

    Their need to be more prayer and less criticism cause no one knows what he was going through he has people that luv him also .
    And what if he was your family u wouldnt say wat u said bout him. Stay strong we praying for u charles. Your not forgotten.

  • Adam Piec says:

    Lynch these apes. Save the taxpayer money by caging them in NeggerU

  • pooh says:

    FREE LILCHARLES!!!

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