A Washington C.H. man appeared with counsel Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas after he allegedly fled during a robbery when the homeowners returned and confronted him.
James H. Minney Jr., 25, was arrested on May 6 when a Fayette County grand jury issued an indictment charging aggravated burglary, burglary, robbery, and theft.
The Washington Court House Police Department was called to a robbery in progress April 16 in the 800 block of John Street.
In a statement to police, the residents said they returned to their John Street house and noticed the front door to their residence was open. They told their children to remain in the vehicle. In the report the residents said Minney was inside the living room wearing a black sweatshirt and mask covering his face. Minney then allegedly ran at them, pushed them, and fled the residence.
According to the police report, it appeared he had wrapped a jewelry box and two pairs of tennis shoes in a sheet.
The Washington C.H. police stated they arrived on John Street and observed the complainants yelling at a passenger in a truck parked a few doors down. Minney was reportedly attempting to hide behind the seat of a truck, and upon exiting the vehicle he attempted to flee on foot. After a short foot chase he was tased by an officer and taken into custody.
Minney is scheduled to appear July 18 for a final pre-trial in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.
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