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Ringing cell phone outs alleged robbers

Published 10:21 am Thursday, January 31, 2013

A man given his last chance by a judge earlier this month faces new felony charges.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted 48-year-old Jessie Mullins Wednesday for second-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment and being a persistent felony offender.

Mullins, along with 29-year-old Kendrick Fugate, allegedly stole a TV, Sony Play Station and cell phone from the residence of Nicholas McCart and Amy Sweet, who they both knew, on Dec. 2.

Later that day, Mullins and Fugate were back at the house with McCart and Sweet as they discussed the robbery, Commonwealths Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

The victims realized a cell phone was missing, and when they called it, they heard it ringing Mullins and Fugate had it with them, Cleveland said.

Next thing you know its like a bad episode of the Dukes of Hazzard, Cleveland said.

The victims fought to get the phone, and Mullins allegedly pulled out a gun.

Fugate is also charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Mullins pleaded guilty to 10 charges seven of them felonies in November in Franklin Circuit Court. The charges stem from a high-speed chase with Frankfort Police in August 2011.

He was also caught driving on a suspended license in 2012.

During Mullins sentencing Jan. 11, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate told him it was his last chance and granted him three years of probation.

He is currently lodged in Franklin County Regional Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

In other action by the grand jury:

>Three people were indicted for second-degree burglary.

On Dec. 24, 20-year-old Lashell Bowen and 25-year-old Samantha Johnson allegedly entered a home on Redwood Drive and stole $175, a safe and a coat.

Cleveland said the residents came home, saw Bowen and Johnson leave and chased them down the road.

The women allegedly got into a vehicle, driven by 18-year-old David Trent, who was also charged.

>William McGaughey, of 419 Conway St., #2, was indicted for trafficking in marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

Michael Johnson, 30, of 1115 Meadow Glen Drive, was arrested outside McGaugheys apartment after allegedly purchasing 2 pounds of hydroponic marijuana from a confidential witness.

Frankfort Police officers could smell marijuana when they went to the apartment to talk to McGaughhey, Cleveland said.

Police obtained a search warrant for the apartment and found $710, 60 grams of marijuana, silver scales and plastic bags labeled for different types of marijuana.

Johnson was indicted last week for trafficking in marijuana and being a persistent felony offender.

McGaughey is currently employed at the Franklin Circuit Court Clerks Office.

>Two men were indicted for assault charges.

George Bowen, 38, of 113 Douglas Ave., allegedly was arguing with his wife when it escalated and he hit her and bit her stomach.

He also confined her in the house for a weekend, Cleveland said.

Bowen is charged with fourth-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and being a persistent felony offender.

He has previously been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Eric Collings, 26, of 180 Sunset Drive, is also charged with fourth-degree assault and being a persistent felony offender, along with second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.

Collings allegedly went to 725 Bridgeport Road, where the mother of his children was staying, and kicked in the door to enter the residence to take his kids.

Cleveland said the childrens grandfather attempted to stop Collings and was assaulted.

This is another Jerry Springer moment, Cleveland said.

>Two men were indicted for theft by deception.

Jeff Harrod, 645 Evergreen Road, allegedly wrote a bad check in 2007 for $500 to C.J. Rayburn Racecars in Whiteland, Ind., and has refused to pay for it since then.

Dean Williams, 20, 675 Evergreen Road, allegedly asked a friend in November to cash two checks totaling $995 that bounced. He also allegedly hasnt paid for the bad checks.