PIQUA — A reported bicycle theft over the weekend quickly turned into a possible aggravated robbery when the suspect allegedly pulled a knife on the owner of the bicycle.
Joseph L. Gaines, 25, address unknown, was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery Saturday night and arraigned on the charge Tuesday morning.
According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Gaines reportedly grabbed someone else’s red Huffy bike on the 500 block of Spring Street on Saturday at around 7 p.m. and took off while the owner chased him. They ended up in the area of Armory Drive and East Ash Street when Gaines allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket. The victim wrestled Gaines to the ground, fighting over the knife.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer witnessed the fighting, stopped, and divided the involved parties until the Piqua police arrived.
There were no reported injuries. A gray and black Browning folding knife was recovered from the scene.
Gaines also had a warrant for first-degree misdemeanor child endangering. Gaines was charged in March after allegedly leaving a 10-month old child and a two-year-old child alone locked in a room with a seven-year-old child, according to court records.
Gaines was scheduled for a change of plea hearing for this case in August. Gaines reportedly did not show and a warrant was issued for him.
Gaines is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total bond of $101,000.
In other news:
A Piqua man is facing drug and weapon charges after reportedly being found with suspected cocaine and a handgun.
Jesse J. Alexander, 23, of Russia, was charged with third-degree felony trafficking in drugs and fourth-degree felony carrying a concealed weapon on Sunday and arraigned Tuesday morning.
According to court records, there was a report of a welfare check on a man sleeping in a car in the area of Madison Avenue and Camp Street on Sunday at approximately 9:40 a.m. An officer reportedly saw a large marijuana bud in the vehicle. The officer then searched Alexander and reportedly recovered suspected cocaine, a digital scale, a plastic bag of crushed up pills, a plastic bag with marijuana, cash, rolling papers, and two bullets. A .380 Hi-Point pistol was also recovered from the vehicle. The cash recovered totaled $736 including a counterfeit $100 bill.
A search warrant was obtained to search the rest of the vehicle. According to court records, officers seized another digital scale, a flip phone, a pill bottle, marijuana buds, and two spent casings.
Last June, Alexander was sentenced to two years of probation for reportedly running from police in March. A handful of the charges he faced were dropped while he was found guilty of second-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging or endangering and fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
According to court records, Alexander’s probation was terminated at the end of September with a note that he had successfully completed probation.
Alexander is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total bond of $35,000.
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