breaking news

Wright-Patt report due today: What to know this morning

Man accused of robbing 73-year-old woman at Springfield Kroger appears in court


A man accused of robbing a 73-year-old woman in the parking lot of a Springfield Kroger made his first appearance in court in Clark County on the case.

Brandon Russell, 35, is charged with robbery in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $15,000.

Authorities were called to Kroger on Bechtle Avenue Nov. 20 at around 4 p.m. There, they met the woman who said she was approached by a man begging for $2. The woman said she believes the same man then assaulted her and stole her gray 2012 Toyota Camry.

»»READ: Clark County mom wins fight for tougher laws after daughter nearly died

“After refusing to give the male any money (the woman) advised she turned her back to the male and attempted to get into her running vehicle with no luck,” the report says. “(She) stated she was then struck in the back of the head/back by an unknown object or the male’s fist stunning her. (The woman) stated the male then pulled her back and then onto the ground violently by her coat/clothing she was wearing.”

The man then entered the vehicle and drove off, the report says. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the car, the report says.

Officers were able to speak with witnesses at the scene who said they saw the suspect enter the vehicle and flee.

“(The woman) was visibly shaken up and complained of lower back/neck pain from being struck by the suspect,” the report says witnesses told police.

»»NEWS: Vacant house damaged by ‘suspicious’ fire in Springfield

Along with the car, the suspect stole hundreds of dollars worth of valuables from the woman, the report says. Those items include a purse, six to seven credit or debit cards, about $200, a checkbook, her iPhone and her groceries.

Authorities were contacted later the same day and alerted that one of the Visa cards had been used to make a purchase of about $200 at Rite Aid on South Limestone Street.

Springfield police recovered the vehicle a couple days later, but the family of the 73-year-old said the car was “trashed.”



Reader Comments


Next Up in Crime

New bill aims to protect pets caught in domestic violence disputes
New bill aims to protect pets caught in domestic violence disputes

A new bill aims to protect pets caught in the center of a domestic violence dispute.  It's a sad reality that many pets face. "We lost her in March 2015," said Stephanie Deeley. Deeley stood next to Congresswoman Katherine Clarke Tuesday in celebration for her sister. After years of documented abuse, Kim Parker was found dead in her...
Wright-Patterson active shooter report: What to know this morning
Wright-Patterson active shooter report: What to know this morning

New findings about the false active shooter incident on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be released today. Col. Thomas Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, will brief the findings of the Incident Review Board he ordered to examine all aspects of the Aug. 2 active shooter incident that occurred at the Wright-Patt Medical Center...
Paramedic says co-worker kept nude photos of employees for blackmail
Paramedic says co-worker kept nude photos of employees for blackmail

A central Florida paramedic is accused of collecting nude photos of her co-workers and sharing them with employees while on duty. >> Read more trending news  According to a report, Amy Sherlock admitted to Volusia County investigators she got the photos through a group text she was in with three male former co-workers. She...
Montana man: Hunter 'mistook him for Bigfoot' and took shots at him
Montana man: Hunter 'mistook him for Bigfoot' and took shots at him

A Montana man shooting at targets Sunday suddenly became a target himself. >> Read more trending news  The 27-year-old man from Helena dived for cover after several bullets landed near him, the Helena Independent Record reported. When the man confronted the shooter, he was told that he “was not wearing orange and thought he was...
Navistar CEO says truck maker’s rebound is complete
Navistar CEO says truck maker’s rebound is complete

Navistar’s president and CEO told investors Monday the company’s long financial recovery is over after the truck maker reported solid financial results in 2018. The company reported net income of $340 million in 2018, compared to $30 million for fiscal year 2017. Navistar announced fourth quarter income of $188 million. The past year was...
More Stories