A Williamsburg duo is lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center in connection with robbery-related charges, and one of them is facing a felony assault charge.
Williamsburg Police Officer Johnny Fulton charged Joshua Hubbard, 35, of Williamsburg, with first-degree robbery and leaving the scene of an accident.
Fulton also charged Crystal G. Mahan, 47, with first-degree assault, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and first-degree complicity to commit robbery.
The incident happened about 12:55 p.m. at the Williamsburg Dollar General Store located on US25W South.
Police initially responded to a report about a car accident where a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle, according to a Williamsburg Police Department release.
When police arrived, their initial investigation determined that a man, who was later identified as Hubbard, had allegedly stolen items from the store, gotten into a vehicle with a woman, who was later identified as Mahan, and attempted to leave the scene, according to the release.
Based upon statements and the subsequent investigation, police determined that as both suspects attempted to leave the scene, the female driver allegedly used her vehicle to pin a man between two vehicles in the parking lot, the release stated.
At that time, the male subject left the scene on foot but was apprehended by Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Prewitt on Savoy Road.
Whitley County EMS transported the male victim, who was pinned by the vehicle, to Baptist Health Corbin for treatment of possible injuries.
Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said Monday afternoon that preliminary indications were that the victim suffered hip and back injuries, but that he didn’t know if the victim suffered additional injuries or was admitted to the hospital.
Bird said that the male and female suspects rode to the store together, that the male went inside and allegedly stole merchandise, and then jumped inside the vehicle and told the woman to “floor it.”
The female suspect then put the vehicle in reverse at which time she struck the victim, Bird said.
The victim was pinned between Mahan’s 2006 White Ford and his own vehicle, according to an arrest citation.
Additionally, police determined that Mahan was also allegedly under the influence, and in possession of suspected marijuana and a smoking pipe, according to the release.
Blood toxicology results for Mahan are pending, according to her arrest citation.
Both Mahan and Hubbard pleaded not guilty to their charges during their arraignment Monday in Whitley District Court.
The public advocate’s office was appointed to represent each defendant, and a June 16 preliminary hearing was scheduled in their cases.
Both are being held in the Whitley County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond, according to the Whitley Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Fulton and Williamsburg Police Officer Greg Rhoades conducted the investigation. Williamsburg Police Officer Cody Harrell assisted with the investigation.