Lancaster man faces charges in armed robbery

December 01, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - A Lancaster man is being held on a quarter-million-dollar bond after he allegedly held his former caretakers at gunpoint before robbing them in July.

Jamie Tuttle, 26, 113 A Kinnaird Ave., was arrested Monday in Garrard County on two counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

His charges stem from a criminal complaint filed in July by Betty Smith of Crab Orchard, who wrote that she knows "the defendant because he ran with my grandson and we helped raise him while his mother was in jail."

According to Smith's complaint, her husband opened the door after someone knocked July 22. Tuttle then reportedly entered the home armed with a shotgun and wearing pantyhose over his head and face.


Tuttle was allegedly accompanied by Johnny Ollinger.

Ollinger, 23, of Brock Road, was arrested two days later on charges of first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery. His case was referred to a Lincoln County grand jury in August, but no action has been taken, according to the circuit clerk's office.

Tuttle and Ollinger are suspected of taking OxyContin pills, two rings and a wallet from the Smiths.

"The defendant had a shotgun and pointed it at me the whole time ... Before they left, I asked him, 'Why are you doing this, Jamie?'" wrote Smith, "and he said, 'you could be wrong.'"

Tuttle is being held in the Lincoln County Regional Jail on a $250,000 cash bond. He could be arraigned Thursday in Lincoln District Court.

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