Passenger accused of choking woman giving him a car ride and grabbing jewelry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:08

Officers with the Scottsburg police and the Sheriff’s Department quickly reacted to a report on July 11 of a man who allegedly choked a woman and stole jewelry from her.

Deputy Rodney Rudder, Scottsburg Patrolman Trevis Burr and Capt. David Hardin were dispatched to Boatman Road and State Road 56 West around 9:30 a.m. concerning the incident. Capt. Hardin was holding a man whom he had located around a nearby business, and Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Bobby Thompson was talking to a woman by the time Deputy Rudder arrived.

The woman said she had picked up the man, whom she identified as Michael Chad Robinson, 38, at an Austin gas station. She said she was giving him a ride. When they got to the stop at Boatman Road and S.R. 56, she said Robinson grabbed her by the throat and then took a box of jewelry she had in the car. He got out of the car and headed north on foot, the woman said.

Employees of a nearby business saw the man walking around the front of their building. They noticed when officers arrived, the man went to the back of the building as if hiding from the police. Both said they saw the man had something in his hands.

Ptl. Burr searched around the building and located a box of jewelry, a glass pipe and an open pack of cigarettes. Inside the pack were small plastic wrapper which contained methamphetamine, it was learned. A GPS unit was also found with the other items.

When Robinson was being booked in at the Scott County Security Center, jailers said they located a card reader, a device which can record information from a credit or debit card, in his shorts.

Robinson appeared in Scott Circuit Court on July 14 for an initial hearing, during which a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him on Level 3 felony robbery, Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and two misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bail was fixed at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash, and he was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim of the crime.

A public defender was assigned to the case, which has been initially set for a jury trial on November 19.