PIQUA — Another person has been charged in connection with the recent armed robbery at the Sunset Drive Thru. Donald L. Julian, 32, of Piqua was charged and arraigned Thursday for first-degree felony complicity to aggravated robbery.
According to Miami County Municipal Court records, a male brandished a firearm at the office of the Sunset Drive Thru and stole an undisclosed amount of cash on Monday. Surveillance video reportedly showed the male get out of the passenger side of a car stopped behind Dominos, go to the rear passenger door, and leave that door slightly open. The male is seen walking “southbound across the street towards the drive thru,” according to court records. The video later shows the male “running back to the vehicle and jumping into the rear passenger seat.”
Jesse L. Guerra, 41, was arrested for first-degree felony aggravated robbery on Tuesday in connection with that incident. Julian is reportedly Guerra’s cousin. Julian’s car was the vehicle alleged to be involved in the robbery, according to court records.
Guerra was reportedly picked up from the Budgetel Inn and Suites on Tuesday. A search warrant served on the room in which Guerra was staying with his girlfriend reportedly yielded clothing similar to what the alleged robber wore, cash, syringes, a Budgetel receipt to Julian, and a baggy of suspected heroin among other items.
A search warrant was also executed at 705 S. Wayne St. reportedly yielded a black air soft handgun and a box containing suspected marijuana pipes and drug paraphernalia. They were each recovered from a room that was alleged to be Julian’s.
Julian and Guerra are currently being held at the Miami County Jail. Julian is being held on at $50,000 bond, and Guerra is being held on $55,000 bond for both aggravated robbery and drug possession. Preliminary hearings for Julian and Guerra are scheduled for Wednesday.
In other court news, Derek J. Dorsten, 34, of Piqua was sentenced to 180 days in jail in Miami County Municipal Court Wednesday for reportedly being found in possession of heroin. Dorsten has a credit for 38 days already served in jail.
Deputies from the Miami County’s Sheriff’s Office arrested Dorsten during a traffic for fifth-degree felony possession of heroin and second-degree misdemeanor possession drug abuse instruments on Dec. 12. The fifth-degree felony possession charge was amended to a first-degree misdemeanor.
Dorsten pleaded no contest to the charges.
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