By Ronica Shannon
Senior News Writer
Richmond police have made an arrest in a December 2012 strong-arm robbery. Albert C. Matthews, 32, of Ballard Drive, now faces the charge of second-degree robbery.
Matthews was found Jan. 11 in Walmart by police who took him into custody without incident. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center where he remained jailed Monday on a $5,000 cash bond.
A complainant reported Dec. 26 to police that Matthews had forcibly taken $20 in cash from the pocket of a 13-year-old girl who was visiting his residence Christmas Eve.
“The victim reported that Matthews held her down while taking the money from her pocket,” said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock. “The investigating officer observed scratches on the victim’s arms that were reported to have occurred during the incident.”
The investigating officer signed a complaint against Matthews Jan. 2 and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
In other arrests:
• Loucinda Marshall, 31, of Spurlin Mobile Home Park, was served a summons Sunday to appear in court for felony theft charges.
Representatives of the Bluegrass Credit Corporation reported Dec. 5, 2012, that the business had financed the purchase of a $800 diamond ring for Marshall from Samuel’s Jewelers in July 2012.
“When Marshall defaulted on the loan, the creditors attempted to recover the ring but were unsuccessful,” Brock said.
It later was determined that Marshall had pawned the ring at a local pawn shop within eight days of purchasing it from Samuel’s Jewelers, he said.
Marshall made no effort to retrieve the ring from pawn and ownership eventually conveyed to the pawn shop after the requisite time period had elapsed.
The investigating officer recovered the ring from the pawn shop and retained it as evidence pending further investigative actions. The officer signed a complaint Jan. 9 against Marshall and a summons was issued for theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $500.
• Steven L. Knuckles, 36, of Pilot Knob Road, was charged Friday with identity theft after he attempted to pass himself off as someone else to avoid arrest on warrants, according to police.
At 5:34 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Walmart was alerted to a suspicious male walking around in the parking lot.
“The officer observed that (Knuckles) was attempting to avoid the officer,” Brock said. “The officer made contact with the male who identified himself as a person other than Steven L. Knuckles. When officers examined a photograph of the person named by the male, they realized it was not the person to whom they were speaking.”
Officers detained Knuckles and transported him to the Madison County Detention Center where his true identity was determined. It also was discovered that Knuckles had two bench warrants for his arrest from Garrard County District Court. One of the warrants was for nonpayment of fines and one was for a probation violation connected to a felony drug conviction, Brock said.
Knuckles officially is charged with theft of identity of another, which is a felony, and the misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
• William R. “Randy” Martin, 48, no address given, was arrested Friday in connection with unlawfully entering a relative’s home Jan. 9. Martin faces the charge of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault.
An officer was dispatched Jan. 9 to a residence in the 600 block of Powderhorn Drive to investigate a reported assault.
“The officer met with the resident who was identified as a relative of Martin’s,” Brock said. “The resident reported she had previously banished Martin from her home because of his disruptive behavior.”
However, Martin forced his way into her residence shortly before the police were contacted, at which time she ordered him out and an argument ensued.
“During the course of the argument, Martin threw a heavy glass ashtray at the relative that struck her on the hand, causing pain and swelling,” he said. Martin then fled from the residence before police arrived.
The investigating officer signed a complaint Thursday against Martin and a warrant of arrest was issued.
Martin was located Sunday on East Water Street near South Madison Avenue and taken into custody without incident. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center.
• James E. Brown, 51, of Richmond, was charged Thursday with giving false information to a police officer after police responded to a disturbance complaint.
At 7 p.m., officers were dispatched to Redi Mart at 2200 Lexington Road to investigate a complaint that Brown was threatening another party. Upon arrival, officers encountered Brown who provided a false name and identifiers to officers, police say.
He then gave a second name to officers with false identifiers. Brown was taken into custody on a charge of giving a police officer a false name or address and was taken to the Madison County Detention Center where his true identity was determined.
It was then learned that there existed a bench warrant for nonpayment of fines from the Madison District Court.
In other crimes:
• A patron of the Whiskey Barrel, E. Main street, reported Sunday that her black iPhone 4S had been stolen from her table shortly after midnight. The estimated loss is $600.
• A complainant reported Friday that a homemade utility trailer had been stolen overnight from the rear parking lot of Hardee’s on S. Keeneland Drive.
The stolen trailer was described as a blue, single-axle 11-foot-long trailer with a plastic floor resting only 8 inches from the ground. It also has 3-foot tall side rails that look like gates, according to police. The estimated loss is $500.
• A visitor to the Super 7 motel on Northgate Drive reported Jan. 11 that four blue wheel covers along with nine UK magnets were stolen overnight from his 1989 Chevrolet Caprice. The estimated loss is $408.
• A resident in the 200 block of Four Mile Avenue reported Friday that his residence had been broken into sometime during the past five weeks and two items were stolen. Entry was gained by forcing open the rear door, according to police. A Hitachi scroll/table saw and a Stanley battery pack/portable jump box were stolen. The estimated loss is $300.
• A resident in the 300 block of Jason Drive reported Friday that a Bluetooth hands-free device had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle approximately two days prior. The estimated loss is $500.
• A resident in the 500 block of Hampton Way reported Thursday that his apartment had been broken into sometime during the past month and a number of items were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry, according to police. The following items were reported missing: approximately 100 DVDs and two Xbox 360 video games (Dance Central 2 and Kinect Sports 2). The estimated loss is $1,620.
• A resident in the 400 block of Charles Claiborne Court reported thursday that his vehicle had been unlawfully entered during the overnight hours and a number of items were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry, according to police. The following items were reported missing: a set of Rockford Fosgate 15-inch speakers in a white speaker box (Punch P1 models), an Audiobahn amplifier, an Orion Cobalt amplifier and a jar containing approximately $30 in loose change. The estimated loss is $830.
• A complainant reported Thursday that his white Nikon J1 digital camera had been stolen Jan. 6 while he was working in the Richmond Mall. The victim reported that he had placed the camera on a bench while taking measurements of a store when it disappeared, Brock said. The estimated loss is $550.
• A representative of Richmond Utilities reported Jan. 4 that a utility trailer inside a building at the sewage treatment plant on Tates Creek Road had been unlawfully entered during the overnight hours and a number of tools were stolen.
The following items were reported missing: a Dewalt radio with battery charger, a Greenlee digital volt meter, a 3/8-inch socket set, a 12-volt car battery, a power supply cord, a light brown Wall’s XL jacket, channel locks, a screwdriver set and a cable swaging tool. The estimated loss is $731.
Anyone with information about these cases should call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.