Piqua robber re-arraigned

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com

MIAMI COUNTY — The Piqua man who attempted to carjack and rob a woman in the Walmart parking on Aug. 29, 2015, was arraigned in Miami County Common Pleas Court to amend his aggravated robbery charge.

Robert Riddle, of Piqua, 37, filed an appeal which affirmed his breaking and entering charge, but reversed the aggravated robbery charge, reducing it from a first-degree felony to a second degree felony.

The amended charged has a two- to eight-year sentence with a maximum fine of $15,000. Riddle entered a plea of not guilty. His bond was set for $50,000. Riddle has been incarcerated at the Youngstown prison. He is also serving a sentence of 17 months for second-degree felony aggravated robbery in Shelby County. He plead guilty to that charge, which was filed on Sept. 10, 2015.

Visiting Judge Timothy Campbell of Greene County presided over the arraignment Monday. Judge Campbell sentenced Riddle to serve 10 years in prison for aggravated robbery in October 2015. Judge Campbell was assigned the case due to the victim being related to a court employee.

On Aug. 29, 2015, Riddle approached a 67 year-old woman in the parking lot of the Piqua Walmart, displayed a gun and tried to steal her car. The woman fought off Riddle, who then fled in the nearby woods and was caught four hours later. The gun was later recovered, which was an altered BB gun made to look like a handgun.

Riddle was sentenced to serve 12 months for the fifth-degree breaking and entering charge. As he fled Walmart, Riddle broke into the Willowbrook Hunting Club.

By Melanie Yingst


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