MIAMI COUNTY — A Piqua resident has been charged and arraigned in connection with the December armed robbery of Subway this week in Miami County Municipal Court.
James L. Mumaw, III, 26, of Piqua, is facing charges of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and third-degree felony tampering with evidence. According to court records, Mumaw is accused of displaying a large butcher knife at the Subway located at 1225 E. Ash St. in Piqua, stealing money from the cash register, and then fleeing the scene at the beginning of last December.
“This robbery took place approximately four months ago but our investigation was ongoing,” Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department said.
Mumaw allegedly admitted to committing the Subway robbery while he was in jail on an unrelated charge of third-degree felony robbery. In late December, Mumaw was accused of robbing the Marathon gas station located at 315 Looney Road in Piqua. Mumaw pleaded guilty to that incident in February. According to court records, Mumaw also wore the same clothing to the Marathon robbery as he did to the Subway robbery.
Grove stated that the department felt there was a connection between the robberies that took place at Subway and Marathon, but it took some extra time to find that connection.
“Even if a case is not solved right away, we’re going to continue to work on it and pursue leads,” Grove said. Grove added that, with cases such as these where an arrest is not made immediately afterward, the department never looks at them as being closed. The department continues to go after leads, and in this case, it resulted in a suspect’s arrest.
Mumaw reportedly told an officer that he was sorry for the Subway robbery and “that he committed the robbery because he was sick.” Mumaw admitted to being a heroin addict and needing the money to purchase drugs.
Mumaw also reportedly admitted to throwing the butcher knife used in the Subway robbery into the river while walking on the bike path.
Mumaw is currently being held in the Miami County Jail on a total of $85,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Mumaw is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27.
In other news:
• Christopher J. Glaze, 30, of Piqua, was picked up on a warrant on Tuesday in connection with an assault that was reported on March 25 in Covington. The victim was reportedly jumped and assaulted while walking to the Brewhouse Carry Out located on Troy Pike.
The victim claimed to have been knocked unconscious during the assault and that his wallet was stolen. According to court records, the responding officer noted that victim had blood on his face, mainly his mouth, and also had a small cut under his eye and a laceration on the back of his head. Medical documentation stated the victim suffered a broken nose, one tooth knocked out, and two teeth knocked loose.
The victim reportedly identified Glaze as his attacker. Glaze was charged with second-degree felony robbery and second-degree felonious assault. He is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $70,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Glaze is scheduled for Thursday, April 28.
• An alleged Piqua drug dealer has also been charged this week. Newell F. Williams, 31, of Piqua, was charged with two counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking heroin. Samples of capsules that Williams allegedly sold to people were sent to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab and tested positive for heroin, according to court records. The alleged drug buys took place on the 400 block of Second Street and the 900 block of Scott Drive in Piqua in September.
Williams has also been charged with fifth-degree felony forgery and fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property. Williams is accused of forging and cashing a check in his name for $200 in January.
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