Clark man indicted for armed robbery

Published 12:22 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Winchester man who confessed to a string of robberies was indicted for allegedly robbing a check-cashing business in Winchester.

Andrew Vaughn, 29, was indicted for first-degree robbery by the Clark County grand jury recently.

Vaughn was arrested in October after police say he attempted to rob a pharmacy in Lexington before robbing another pharmacy in Georgetown.

Police connected those incidents to the July 30 robbery of Check Into Cash in Winchester through the suspect’s vehicle, a black Plymouth PT Cruiser. Winchester Police located and interviewed Vaughn, who admitted to a total of 10 robberies. Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said Vaughn told detectives the Winchester robbery was the first. He confessed to other robberies in Lexington, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Florence, Cincinnati, Richmond and Mount Sterling, among others.

The grand jury returned the following indictments Thursday:

— Ronald L. McCarty Jr, theft by unlawful taking (two counts), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

— Christopher Stapleton, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

— William Ray Helton, third-degree burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft of identity, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

—Kenneth Douglas Harris, third-degree assault (two counts).

— Timothy Shane Puckett and Nelson Hagan Johnson, receiving stolen property, second-degree persistent felony offender (Johnson).

— Nelson H. Johnson, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

— Timothy Shane Puckett, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

— Christina McBride, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree persistent felony offender.

— Jerry Allen Miller, second-degree assault, first-degree persistent felony offender.

— William James Hess, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft of identity.

— Cortez H. Townsend, first-degree criminal abuse.

— Raul Villa, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, incest, resisting arrest.

— Michael Morris, receiving stolen property (misdemeanor).

— Brent Hessing, first-degree assault, second-degree persistent felony offender.

— Sandra Nix, flagrant non-support (two counts).

— Paul J. Holder, failure to signal, first-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree fleeing or evading police, driving under the influence.

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