New Castle News


April 8, 2013

Robbery accomplice jailed on $50,000 bond

NEW CASTLE — A West Side man who might have been an accomplice to a robbery has been arrested by New Castle police.

Lierre Vontae Armstrong, 23, of 1109 Beech St. has been charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of theft, and one count each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned before District Judge David Rishel and remains in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bond.

According to police records, officers were called to the 700 block of Court Street at 12:14 p.m. March 30.

The victim, who had cuts and bruises of the head and face, told officers he had been robbed and shot at.

The victim said two men knocked at his door. He said he invited them in and one of the men, known to him only as “Tootie,” asked why he (the victim) had called him crazy. The victim said he denied that he had spoken poorly about the man. He said “Tootie” pulled a gun from under his shirt or pants and asked the victim where he kept his money.

The victim told police he told them and was made to lie on the floor, hit in the  back of the head with the gun. He said the other man — who police identified as Armstrong — took about $100 from the hiding place and an LG and Droid phone from the table.

The victim said he saw Tootie hold a couch pillow in front of his gun and feared that Tootie was going to shoot him. He said he ran into the kitchen, followed by both men.

The victim told police a struggle ensued and the gun went off and the bullet buried itself into the wall. He said Tootie dropped the gun and struck him on the right cheek, causing a laceration.

He said the other man — Armstrong — picked up the gun and pointed it at him but ran out the back door.

Police observed a Super X .22 caliber shell casing in the middle of the kitchen floor, and tried to dig a bullet out of the kitchen wall, but were unsuccessful.

Officers later identified “Tootie” as Sanford Jackson Jr., 29, of 715 Locust St. Police said the victim was able to identify his photograph from an array he was shown.

Police said they plan to charge Jackson with aggravated and simple assault, robbery, prohibited possession of a firearm, possession of a concealed firearm without a license, theft and recklessly endangering another person.

He has not yet been apprehended by police.


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