High Speed Chase and Forged Checks in Ross County Grand Jury

The Ross County Grand Jury returned all 17 of its cases on Friday. Only six were open.

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In one case, a suspect allegedly attempted to outrun law enforcement during rush hour. According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, police tried to make a traffic stop on a Jeep after two violations on Riverside Avenue about 5:00 p.m. on August 29th.

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After officers hit their lights, 21-year-old LaRoy Robinson II, of Columbus, allegedly accelerated onto Bridge Street, ramming two police cruisers before exiting onto US 35. While on route 35, Robinson is said to have reached 80 miles an hour in heavy traffic, hitting another cruiser while trying to evade.

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Officials with the Prosecutor's Office said that Robinson was the sole occupant of the vehicle and had no outstanding warrants, and no contraband was found inside the vehicle.

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For two indictments on felonious assault and for failure to comply, Robinson could receive up to 14 years and $30,000 in fines.

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In another indictment returned Friday, a man was accused of counterfeiting checks.

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According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, Timothy E. Higgins, Jr., 33, of Columbus, was attempting to cash three $987 checks from the Bellwether Music Festival in Wilmington. They had the correct routing number, but the wrong appearance, when he visited three LC&B offices in Chillicothe, September 6th.

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At the Bridge Street office, as a teller was starting to process it, he alleged yanked the check out of her hand and ran. Next, he successfully cashed one at the Main Street office, said officials with the Prosecutor's Office. Higgins reportedly tried to cash a third check at the Western Avenue Office but was caught.

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According to officials with the Prosecutor's Office, a co-defendant caught with Higgins did not appear for the hearing and is the subject of a secret indictment.

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For indictments on forgery, Higgins could get up to a year and $2,500 in fines, according to officials with the Prosecutor's Office.

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