Pair faces child abduction charges

By Sam Wildow -

MIAMI COUNTY — Two people from West Alexandria were in Miami County Municipal Court this week facing abduction charges from an incident in Monroe Township on Sept. 20.

Kacy L. Looper, 23, and Barry D. Bolton, Jr. 21, both of West Alexandria, are currently facing third-degree felony abduction charges stemming from a custody dispute. Bolton is also currently facing additional charges of second-degree felonious assault and third-degree felony discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises in connection with that incident.

Miami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the intersection of Ginghamsburg-Frederick and Peters Roads in Monroe Township for a suspicious complaint on Sept. 20, at approximately 1:15 p.m. According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office reports, Looper and Bolton allegedly took a 3-year-old victim known to them while holding an adult victim up at gunpoint at that intersection prior to the deputies’ arrival. Bolton also reportedly discharged the firearm during the incident, shooting a tire on the vehicle that the adult victim was driving. They were found later that day in Preble County.

Looper and Bolton were scheduled for preliminary hearings on Tuesday in municipal court, but they each signed time waivers for their cases. The preliminary hearings were rescheduled to Nov. 1.

Looper and Bolton are currently out of jail after posting surety bond in late September.

The following people were recently sentenced in Miami County Municipal Court:

• Lucas J. Hammaker, 25, of St. Marys, received six days in jail and a fine for first-degree misdemeanor possession of drugs, amended down from fifth-degree felony possession of drugs.

• Michael Lacy, 35, of Dayton, received two years of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor possession of drugs, reduced from fifth-degree felony possession of drugs, and a separate charge of first-degree misdemeanor theft.

• Danielle N. Pottenger, 26, of Piqua, received a fine for second-degree misdemeanor possession of a drug abuse instrument.

• Lillie F. Patton, 50, of Piqua, received a fine and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing.

• Samuel L. Rupert, 44, received a fine and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor falsification, amended down from third-degree felony tampering with evidence.

Rupert was originally charged on Aug. 26, after reportedly wiping away possible evidence of an traffic accident. A Piqua police officer was investigating a traffic crash on the 200 block of Broadway Street on Aug. 26, in which a victim’s red 1999 Pontiac Sunfire was struck. According to court records, there was a possible paint transfer on the suspect’s 2013 Ford F150 trailer hitch that was the same color of the vehicle that was struck.

The officer spoke with Rupert, the owner of the Ford truck, and the officer then went to take photographs of the truck. According to court records, the officer warned Rupert not to touch the paint transfer on the truck after Rupert reached for it once, but Rupert reached at the paint transfer again and swiped away some of the paint.

Rupert later said that he may have backed into the victim’s vehicle while trying to park.

Rupert was also cited with improper backing, a minor misdemeanor.

• Victor L. Washington, 30, of Dayton, received 30 days in jail and additional suspended jail time for second-degree misdemeanor assault, reduced from first-degree misdemeanor assault. Washington was originally charged after he reportedly struck a female victim in the face several times while she was sitting in a vehicle in the area of Cedarbrook Drive and Plum Street in Piqua on Aug. 11.

• Jesse R. Woods, 38, of Troy, received a fine for fourth-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of property, amended down from fifth-degree felony unauthorized use of a vehicle. Woods also received two years probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for second-degree misdemeanor attempted theft, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor theft.

By Sam Wildow

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