A couple completed their own robbery investigation using Facebook and other sources of information to locate two men who tried to steal a generator from their pickup truck, a prosecutor says.
Ronald Mullins, 32, of Berea, and Robert Henry, 32, of Irvine, were indicted for robbery and criminal mischief after they attempted to steal a generator in the Walmart parking lot April 9, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said.
“The couple walks out of Walmart and see these two guys – Mullins and Henry – stealing the generator out of the back of the truck,” Cleveland said.
The couple fought the suspects to prevent the theft, and the wife called 911, he said.
“They continue to fight with these guys, and as a result of fighting with them they tore the shirt off one guy, and his name was monogrammed on it,” he said. “Also, a food stamp card fell out of their vehicle while they were running away.”
The couple located the men on Facebook after searching the name on the shirt and food stamp card.
“It’s all on surveillance video at Walmart showing the struggle and the way it all went down,” Cleveland said. The couple was not named.
Both Mullins and Henry are charged as persistent felony offenders because they each have three previous felony convictions in other counties, according to the indictment handed down Wednesday.
“It’s very interesting how resourceful this couple was when finding the identity of these guys through Facebook,” Cleveland said.
“The case was pretty much solved by the victim before the police had time to do anything.”
Also indicted by the Franklin grand jury Wednesday:
>Ashantye Jones, 27, of Louisville, for welfare fraud.
She was employed at various places while she was getting food stamps, Cleveland said. Her last employer was the Cabinet for Family Health and Services, he says.
From 2007-2011 she received more than $5,000 in public assistance she was not entitled to, he said.
>Sarah Hodgkins and Richard Griffin, both of Frankfort, for criminal possession of a forged instrument. They allegedly stole a checkbook from Carolyn Lusk and forged eight checks totaling $4,990 from the account between March 17 to April 2.
>Tonya Cabarett, 38, of 117 Imperial Ave., for theft by unlawful taking and fraudulent use of a credit card. She allegedly stole a woman’s credit card and used it for more than $1,000 in purchases.