By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
The man accused of robbing the Richmond Centre Subway in October will remain in jail under a $10,000 bond.
John C. Hylton, 27, of Berea, pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery at his arraignment Thursday in Madison Circuit Court. If convicted of the charge, Hylton could face 10 to 20 years in prison.
His attorney asked Judge William G. Clouse to consider lowering Hylton’s bond to $25,000 at 10 percent, meaning $2,500 would need to be paid for his release. The attorney also said Hylton was willing to be placed under home incarceration.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith was not in favor of a bond reduction, noting the alleged crime was committed with a weapon and “(Hylton) has confessed to it.”
Clouse declined to lower the bond, stating that Hylton is considered a danger to society based on the nature of his charge.
A Subway employee reported to police that at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 9, a man wearing a bandana over his face had entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money.
The employee gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash, and he fled in a black Kia, according to the Richmond police report.
The officers were unsuccessful in finding the car, but a night shift patrol officer had encountered a similar Kia the previous morning in the same area and made note of its description and driver. RPD detectives suspected it was the same vehicle involved in the Subway robbery, according to the report.
With the assistance of the Berea police, the officers found Hylton as his residence. The officers reported that a search of his home produced the stolen money and a handgun was found in his black Kia, the report stated.
Hylton is scheduled for a pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5.