Grand jury will hear rob­bery case

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - REGION - BY ZACK PETER­SON STAFF WRITER

An 18-year-old man’s case is head­ing to a grand jury af­ter pros­e­cu­tors Tues­day in Hamil­ton County Gen­eral Ses­sions Court out­lined two rob­beries they be­lieve he com­mit­ted.

Romeo Perkins faces two counts of ag­gra­vated rob­bery and re­mains in cus­tody on a $100,000 bond.

Pros­e­cu­tors say he and an ac­com­plice ap­proached a cou­ple sit­ting on the Ten­nessee River­walk at

100 Man­u­fac­tur­ers Road on Feb. 26, held them at gun­point, and de­manded they hand over their money. Min­utes be­fore,

David Slaney said, he had been look­ing at his phone.

“When I looked up, I saw the gun pointed in my face,” he told Perkins’ at­tor­ney, Marty Levitt, on Tues­day.

“At that point, he says what to you?” Levitt asked.

“‘All of it, give me all of it,’” Slaney replied.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Perkins and his part­ner got away that night. A cou­ple of weeks later, how­ever, Slaney and Chloe Heydt said a friend showed them an ar­ti­cle with a pic­ture of a mugshot. It was an­other armed rob­bery by Perkins, and it sounded sim­i­lar to their sit­u­a­tion. “So we called the de­tec­tive,” Heydt said. At­tor­ney Levitt fo­cused Tues­day on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion the cou­ple made dur­ing their photo lineup. Perkins and his ac­com­plice al­legedly had hood­ies pulled over their faces.

“What led you to iden­tify the per­son?”

Levitt asked Heydt. “You saw him for a very short time, what was it?”

“His fa­cial fea­tures,” she replied. “Just in gen­eral … his eyes, mouth, nose.”

Levitt then called of­fi­cer Bryon Boller.

“How did you pick the pho­tos?” Levitt asked. “Was the same pic­ture of Mr. Perkins on the news in the lineup?”

“The pic­ture on the news?” Boller asked. “I didn’t see it.”

Court records show Perkins con­fessed to a sep­a­rate armed rob­bery on March 4 around 2:30 a.m. near the court­house on Cherry Street. Perkins and an­other man ap­proached a vic­tim walk­ing to his car and threat­ened him with a ma­chete. The vic­tim handed over his wal­let with $30, a debit card, sev­eral credit cards, his cell­phone, and the keys to his ve­hi­cle, records show.

Police lo­cated Perkins af­ter the vic­tim re­ported that some­body charged $72.27 to his credit card at City Cafe, court records show. Perkins ad­mit­ted to the crime and said the vic­tim’s car keys were at his home on Grove Street, police said.

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to the ev­i­dence so far, judge Gary Starnes sent both charges to the grand jury and left the bonds the same. If he is in­dicted, Perkins’case will pro­ceed to Hamil­ton County Crim­i­nal Court.

Perkins has no other record in Gen­eral Ses­sions Court.

Romeo Perkins

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