Man charged with robbery and criminal confinement
Devonte M. Hamlet, 21, of the 3500 block of Smith Street, has been charged with two counts of robbery, class B felonies, and three counts of criminal confinement, class B felonies.
According to the affidavit for probable cause, on Jan. 10, a woman was returning home from work when Hamlet and another man forced her into her apartment at gunpoint. Once in the apartment, Hamlet ordered the woman, and a man who was in the apartment off the couch onto the floor where they were bound his feet and hands with duct tape. The woman was bound with zip ties. They left the man's daughter on the couch binding her with zip ties as well. Both the man and woman were searched for valuables. After going through the woman's purse they demanded the pin number to her debit card, saying they would kill them if they she didn't tell them. Once they had her pin number the men left with the wallet, keys debit card, a black pair of Abercrombie jeans and a 24-inch flat screen T.V.
The couple cut themselves free and called 911.
According to court documents, on Jan. 15, the woman was shown various photos and was able to identify Hamlet. A lab report found Hamlet's fingerprints on the duct tape that had bound the male subject. Investigators said Hamlet denied any part in the robbery and said he couldn't understand how his fingerprints showed up on the duct tape.
Alleged robber arrested after sprint on Broadway
Maurice Knight, 52, was arrested for attempted robbery Sunday after allegedly chasing a man for a quarter of a mile down Broadway after the man gave him $3.
According to court documents, the alleged victim said he was approached by Knight near the Broadway Grill, where Knight asked him for money. The man said he gave Knight $3, he told police, but Knight kept asking for more and then reached towards his pocket. Afraid Knight was armed, he ran down Broadway with Knight chasing him until he reached the BP Gas station at the intersection of Broadway and Taylor. Knight then ran across the street into the Rock.
Police arrived and found Knight in the Rock. The man who was chased identified him as the robber.