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December 27, 2014

Three arrested in connection with robbery, rape

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:56 pm | Updated: 11:16 am, Mon Aug 4, 2014.

Police this week charged two men and a minor with robbery in connection with an alleged home invasion, robbery and rape in Weaver in June.

More charges could be levied, and more arrests made, as investigators continue their work, police say. As of Thursday afternoon, Anniston police were still investigating a similar crime that occurred close to the same day in Anniston.  

In the Weaver incident, two men, a 20-year old and a 22-year-old, both of Anniston, were arrested by Weaver police Wednesday, charged with first-degree robbery. A 17-year old was also arrested and charged with robbery. Those arrests are in connection with the incident in Weaver, which happened at around 3 a.m. on June 1, wrote Weaver police Lt. Charles Plitt in a Thursday press release.  

Because the 17-year-old is a minor, information on his arrest, including where he is from, is not a matter of public record.

The Star typically withholds the identities of those charged with sex crimes, or those expected to be charged with such crimes, until they are convicted or plead guilty, as the stigma that can accompany such charges can linger even if the charges are dropped or the suspect is exonerated.

All three suspects were being held in the Calhoun County Jail Thursday afternoon on $25,000 cash bonds, said Plitt.

Plitt on June 22 posted to the agency’s Facebook page that Weaver police responded the week prior to an alleged home invasion and rape, and that “a few days later Anniston PD had a similar incident.”

Anniston police Capt. Allen George declined to comment on the details of the two incidents, saying the matter is “still under investigation and we do not wish to jeopardize the case by releasing any information at this time.”

In a Thursday press release Plitt wrote that “no further details can be given at this time as the investigation is still on going.”

“It is a multi-agency, ongoing investigation, and additional charges may be forthcoming,” Calhoun County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Weems said Thursday.

Weems also declined to comment on the details of the crimes, citing the ongoing investigations.

Asked if police believe the two incidents were committed by the same suspects, Plitt declined comment, but said information will make that clear once it’s released.

“There are some other details to it,” Plitt said.

All three men are scheduled to appear in court August 4 at 1:30 p.m., Plitt said.

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