MIAMI COUNTY —The man who held a fake gun to a woman’s throat in the parking lot of the Piqua Walmart on Aug. 29 entered a plea of guilty for his actions on Monday.
Robert Riddle, 35, of Piqua, waived his rights to a grand jury and entered a plea of guilty for first degree felony aggravated robbery and fifth degree felony breaking and entering in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Retired Greene County Judge J. Timothy Campbell served as judge due to the victim’s relation to a county court employee.
On Aug. 29, Riddle held what was first believed to be a handgun to the throat of the victim, 67 year-old Pamela Leugers’ throat, in the parking lot of the Piqua Walmart around 3 p.m. Riddle threatened Leugers to drive him up the highway. Leugers gave Riddle the keys to her car, got in a scuffle before Riddle took off on foot into the nearby wooded area. The gun, a BB gun with its safety indicator removed, was later found in the woods.
Riddle also was charged with breaking and entering of the Willowbook Land Lab, stealing loose change and a can of pop before returning to his home in the Paris Court mobile home park where he was apprehended by authorities.
The victim, Pamela Leugers, 67, of Tampa, Fla. spoke during the hearing. Leugers said she was visiting her hometown of Piqua that week for a family wedding and Christening. Leugers said Riddle ruined what was supposed to be a happy time for her and her family during her visit.
Leguers told Riddle as a Christian woman she forgives him for his actions and said she hopes he takes advantage of his time in prison to turn the incident into something positive.
Riddle remains in the Miami County Jail. His bond was continued at $50,000. Judge Campbell set Riddle’s sentencing date for Oct. 22.