Friday, June 16, 2000

Clerk testifies in case of would-be robbery




By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — When two would-be robbers wandered into a Springboro BP service station last month, stuck a handgun in clerk Steve Holland's face and announced a hold-up, Mr. Holland was ready.

        The Miamisburg man pulled his own gun from his pocket and fired several times, wounding one of the youths and foiling the robbery.

        Mr. Holland was the only person to testify in a preliminary hearing Thursday for Joshua Leggett, 18, a Dayton-area man charged with aggravated robbery in the incident at the station at 940 W. Central Ave. on May 24.

        Warren County Court Judge James Heath bound the case over to the Warren County grand jury, and kept Mr. Leggett jailed on a $100,000 bond.

        Mr. Leggett's alleged accomplice, Mike Jenkins, 17, also of the Dayton area, is charged with aggravated robbery with a firearm specification. Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Mike Powell on Wednesday sent that case on to Warren County Common Pleas Court, adult division, after he found probable cause that Mr. Jenkins committed the crime.

        Mr. Jenkins, who authorities say was the gunman and was shot in the arm, also remains in the Warren County Jail for lack of a $100,000 bond.

        Mr. Holland, who has worked at the BP station for four years, said he started carrying his gun after he was robbed about six months ago.

       



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