Courtesy of the Record Herald; Printed 5.12.13

WEST MILTON – An armed robbery May 3 ended in a police chase and arrest for West Milton resident Joshua Watts.

The robbery occurred at the Certified Station, 891 S. Miami St. According to West Milton Police, approximately $105 was stolen using a knife as the weapon, although no one was injured.

At 1:07 a.m. the robbery was reported, and Officers Chase Underwood and Ross Grove arrived in the area within a minute. Shortly thereafter, Grove spotted Watts on S. Main Street on a bicycle. The bicycle was later found to have been stolen from a carport area near Watts’ residence. Grove chased him, who jumped off the bike and fled on foot, back toward Miami Street, where Underwood was also responding on foot.

Police report that the two officers took Watts into custody after a brief struggle. The money and weapons were recovered and the suspect incarcerated in the Miami County jail. Bond was set at $110,000.

The 22-year-old has been charged with aggravated robbery, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, tampering with evidence, trespassing, and theft (for the bicycle).

He waived his preliminary hearing and the case is now bound over for common pleas court.