The Richmond Register

March 7, 2013

RPD: More charges stem from armed robbery investigation


Register staff report

RICHMOND — An ongoing armed robbery investigation conducted by the Richmond Police Department has resulted in additional charges for one suspect and new charges for someone found with the suspect Monday when he was arrested.

Tyler Gibbs, 20, of Edwards Lane, was identified as a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on O’Roark Avenue early Sunday.

Three people reported being approached by four armed men, who stole several items from them, including two handguns and more than $1,100 in cash, according to a RPD press release.

Justin L. White, 20, of Edwards Avenue and William D. Hill Jr., 19, of Miller Drive, were already in custody when police located Gibbs. Another suspect remains at large.

When police found Gibbs at the Quality Quarters on North Killarney Lane, he was in the company of Brooke Feltner, 19, of South Killarney Lane.

After searching the room, officers recovered a handgun, a small amount of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana along with a crack pipe, RPD release stated.

Feltner was then charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gibbs also received the same charges as Feltner, in addition to a first-degree robbery charge in connection with the O’Roark crime, according to police.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

But on Tuesday, Gibbs was charged with first-degree solicitation to assault in connection with a crime that occurred December 2012.

On Dec. 7, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Central Court to investigate a reported shooting.

A resident notified 911 that a man had been shot and was on his front porch. When officers arrived, they found a 27-year-old male suffering from two gunshot wounds to the back, the release stated.

The victim reported he had been shot while walking on the nearby railroad tracks and then walked to Central Court to seek help.

The victim reported that three assailants were involved in the shooting, according to police.

Gibbs was identified as one of the three suspects in the assault and the new charges were served on Gibbs while incarcerated at the Madison County Detention Center, according to the RPD.

At the time of his arrest, several outstanding warrants and a summons also were served on Gibbs.

He was charged with third-degree terroristic threatening, menacing and harassment in connection with a complaint filed Jan. 17 by a female alleging that Gibbs continuously threatened her with harm over the past year. A summons to appear in court had been issued in connection with the incident.

Gibbs also charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, carrying a concealed weapon and tampering with physical evidence in connection with a Jan. 29 incident.

In that case, an officer responded to a report that Gibbs was standing in the middle of a street with a handgun. When officers arrived, Gibbs fled on foot and discarded a loaded .45-caliber pistol, the police news release stated. A warrant was then obtained for his arrest.

Gibbs was charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police in connection with a Feb. 8 incident. When an officer responded to a harassment complaint involving Gibbs, he found the vehicle involved in the incident and initiated a traffic stop. Gibbs allegedly jumped from the moving vehicle and escaped on foot.

On Feb. 15, a bench warrant was issued for Gibbs after he failed to appear in Madison Circuit Court for a status hearing on case in which he had been indicted on second-degree robbery charge.

Gibbs remained in jail Thursday evening under a $20,000 cash bond on a first-degree bail jumping charge; a $25,000 cash bond on his other charges; and $2,000 in a child support case.

Feltner was being held on $2,500 unsecured third-party bond and with home incarceration with home incarceration required if she is released, according to jail records.

White remained in jail on a $25,000 cash bond, but a circuit court hold was added in connection with a 2011 charge, which supersedes the bond.  

One of the other suspects charged in the O’Roark robbery, William D. Hill Jr., had a receiving stolen property charges reinstated in connection with an auto theft investigation from 2012. The charges had been dismissed due to lack of evidence, but in February evidence “more definitely linked Hill to the crime” was obtained, according to the police report.

In September, a resident in the 200 block of Lancaster Avenue reported his 2010 Lincoln MKZ SUV valued at $45,000 had been stolen from his residence, along with a set of golf clubs and a GPS unit, the release stated.

A few days later, officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Brandy Lane to investigate a report that Hill was allegedly involved in a domestic disturbance at that location.

When officers arrived, the victim reported Hill had assaulted her and fled, but he had left behind three backpacks. Police found the keys to the stolen Lincoln SUV and the GPS unit.

Later that day, an officer spotted Hill (who already had an outstanding arrest warrant) on South Keeneland Drive and attempted to make contact with him, the release stated.

Hill fled on foot but was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. Officers soon located the stolen Lincoln SUV nearby in the 300 block of Churchill Drive.

The charge of receiving stolen property over $10,000 was reinstated against him Tuesday.

Hill is lodged at the jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.

Man charged in October theft

Tuesday, police charged Harold Duane Burns, 35, of Robbinsville Loop, in connection with a theft that occurred in October.

On Oct. 23, a resident in the 100 block of Divins Court reported a black utility trailer with a gate ramp had been stolen from an area next to his residence, along with a red “donut” air compressor. The estimated loss was $670.

The follow-up investigation identified Burns as a suspect and on Nov. 30, a warrant was issued for his arrest charging him with theft by unlawful taking over $500, according to the police report.

On Wednesday, Burns was arrested in the 300 block of Boggs Lane.

In addition to the theft charge, a parole violation warrant also was served on Burns in connection with a previous conviction in Rockcastle County for receiving stolen property over $500.

In March 2011, Burns had been sentenced to three years on the charged, but was released on parole four months later. In Oct. 2012, a warrant was issued for his arrest by the Kentucky Parole Board charging that he absconded parole supervisions and failed to report to his parole officer as directed, the release stated.

Burns was jailed under a $750 cash bond in connection with the October theft, but a hold in connection with a parole violation was placed on his possible release, according to jail records.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.