Robbery victim knocked off feet, kicked on ground

Friday, October 12, 2007

Lewisburg Police took a teen into custody on Wednesday in connection with a robbery at Jones Circle Park eight days ago, according to a press release from the department.

Police Detective Sgt. Dac Burrow said the Criminal Investigation Division's 15-year-old suspect was scheduled for a special set hearing this morning in front of Marshall County Juvenile Court Judge Steve Bowden.

The boy and other assailants allegedly took cash, in an amount that Sgt. Burrow declined to state, from Jose Montes, 31, of East Commerce Street at 9:49 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the city park near the central offices of the Marshall County Board of Education.

Montes was knocked to the ground, kicked and hit again several times by the teen and others who remain targets of the police investigation, Burrow said. There may have been "at least" three assailants. Police don't know whether or not the others are adults.

Montes walked to a convenience store near the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and asked for help, Burrow said. Despite a language barrier, a store clerk realized what happened and called police who dispatched an ambulance from the Marshall County Emergency Medical Service.

The ambulance took Montes to Marshall Medical Center's emergency room where Detectives Scott Braden and Santiago Mcklean began their investigation that Thursday night, according to the press release.

On Wednesday, detectives were given information that resulted in the apprehension of the 15-year-old boy in connection with the robbery, the release states.

Burrow said the boy was taken to a juvenile holding facility in Shelbyville. The suspect's name was not released because he is a juvenile who has been named in a petition asking Bowden to declare him a delinquent because of the robbery.

If anyone has information that might help police apprehend other assailants, they should call the Criminal Investigation Division at 359-3800, Burrow said.