Brothers plead not guilty to bank robbery


Higbee and Miller appear in court for arraignment

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]



MIAMI COUNTY — The half brothers who allegedly robbed the Abbey Credit Union on Wayne Street on Dec. 4 entered pleas of not guilty in Miami County Pleas Court on Wednesday.

Justin Higbee, 34, of Troy, was arraigned on an indictment charging him with first degree felony aggravated robbery for the alleged bank robbery. Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt continued Higbee’s bond at $500,000.

Higbee’s pre-trial was set for Jan. 11.

Co-defendant Jeremy Miller, 32, of Huber Heights, also entered a not guilty plea on an indictment of first degree felony complicity to aggravated robbery. Miller’s pre-trial conference date was set for Jan. 11 and bond was continued at $500,000.

The half-brothers allegedly robbed the Abbey Credit Union Bank on Dec. 4. Higbee allegedly robbed the bank while Miller assisted by driving the getaway car from the scene. Higbee allegedly entered the credit union on Friday and handed a note to a teller indicating he was armed and demanded money.

Later that evening, Higbee was arrested during a drug trafficking stop in Butler Township at the Red Roof Inn on Miller Lane. Miller also was arrested in the 7300 block of Colegrove Drive in Huber Heights on an unrelated charge.

The car and clothing related to the robbery were recovered at the Huber Heights residence.

The Troy Police Department also issued a search warrant at the Red Roof Inn on Miller Lane and recovered several thousand dollars of the stolen money.

Miami County Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt presided over the following arraignments by grand jury indictment on Wednesday:

• Michael Cartonia, 31, of Troy, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on his own behalf on two counts of fifth degree forgery and one count of fifth degree felony receiving stolen property. Judge Pratt set a cash bond at $10,000 and set a pre-trial conference date for Jan. 4 with Judge Christopher Gee presiding. Cartonia also entered a not guilty plea by reason of insanity for a third degree felony charge of burglary. The pre-trial date for that incident was set for Jan. 11 and a cash bond was ordered for $10,000. Judge Pratt appointed John Herndon as Cartonia’s counsel at the arraignment.

Last October, Miami County Sheriff’s Office authorities arrested Cartonia for allegedly using stolen credit cards at several businesses in the city of Troy. The credit cards were allegedly stolen from a residential burglary on Troy-Urbana Road.

• Danny Pearson, 47, of Troy, entered a plea of not guilty on an indictment charging him with first degree felony aggravated robbery. Pearson’s pre-trial conference was set for Jan. 11. Judge Pratt continued Pearson’s bond at $25,000 cash. Pearson was arrested on Oct. 23 for allegedly robbing a Troy Domino’s driver of $20 and a large pizza in the 700 block of Franklin Street. Pearson allegedly brandished a gun during the incident.

• James Richards, 51, of Sidney, entered a plea of not guilty on an indictment charging him with fourth degree felony forgery. Richards’s pre-trial conference was set for Jan. 11.

Judge Pratt continued Richard’s bond at $10,000 cash bond.

Higbee and Miller appear in court for arraignment

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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