Charles Anthony James, 34, of Hephzibah, Ga., will be charged wiht first degree robbery, a class B felony, and auto theft over $500, a class D felony, the report stated.
The suspect was armed with a knife and forced his way into the Main Street home of Roberta Meadows, taking money and a cell phone from Meadows and her daughter, Connie Thomas of Kuttawa, before leaving in Thomas’s 2007 Honda Accord, which bore the Kentucky tag 728-ELG, according to police reports.
During the course of the Cadiz incident, neither the Meadows, 88, nor Thomas, 65, were injured, Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said.
It was determined that James was a suspect in a home invasion that occurred in Jones County, Ga., on Tuesday, Dec. 29, through investigation and cooperation with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshall’s Office, reports said.
Last Tuesday, the CPD was notified that Thomas’s vehicle was involved in a crash in Springfield, Ill., and that James had been the driver when it crashed, after which he fled on foot, the CPD release said, adding that Springfield, Ill. Police caught him shortly thereafter.
James is also a suspect in several residential burglaries in the Springfield, Ill., area, according to the CPD press release, adding that the Honda Accord James was driving in Illinois had Illinois license plates that were reported stolen from Pesotum, Ill.
A van stolen from the Jones County, Ga., home that was robbed was found on Jan. 3 by troopers with the Kentucky State Police on Interstate 24 in Christian County, reports have stated.
Major Duncan Wiggins and Officer Scott Brown with the CPD were in Springfield, Ill., last Wednesday to continue their investigation, and while there they interviewed a witness who had come into contact with James in Springfield, and also gathered evidence and briefly interviewed James at the Sangamon County Jail, the report stated.
It isn’t yet known when James will be returned to Kentucky to face the robbery and auto theft charges, the police said.