Both the alleged gunman and the wheelman in a Milford Center robbery have been indicted.
The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Joe Lewis Bernard McGraw IV, also known as “Lil Bra,” of Youngstown, and Logan B. Wolfe, 22, of 163 W. Center Street, Milford Center.
McGraw and Wolfe are each charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count each of kidnapping and theft. In addition, Wolfe is also charged with one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.
According to information from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, at about 7:31 p.m. Oct. 14, a 911 caller reported an armed robbery at SG’s Market, 5 S. Mill St., Milford Center. The caller said three men entered the business wearing masks and hoodies. The caller said one of the men had a silver and black handgun. Investigators have identified that as McGraw.
According to court documents Wolfe was seen running into the back office of the store, opening the top drawer of a wooden cabinet and grabbing a plastic bag full of cash.
After allegedly stealing money from a cash register and a bank bag, the suspects ran from the store and into an alley behind the business.
Court documents indicate about $2,000 in cash was stolen during the robbery but nothing else.
Witnesses were not able to give investigators any information about the car other men left in or what direction they headed.
As the investigators were still at the convenience store, a deputy on patrol stopped a 2012 Honda Accord near the intersection of U.S. 42 and Route 161 for a traffic violation.
“All occupants of the vehicle fit the description of the suspects involved in a recent robbery at SG’s Market in Milford Center,” according to court documents.
Wolfe was wearing the same clothing during the robbery that he was wearing during the traffic stop and it was determined the vehicle and the occupants were the suspects from the armed robbery in Milford Center.
The driver was identified and removed from the vehicle.
“A loaded handgun magazine was recovered from the driver’s pants pocket,” according to information from the Sheriff’s Office.
Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said that after being removed from the car, the driver “refused to comply with the orders of the deputy.”
Instead, the man ran back to the suspect vehicle and drove away.
According to court documents Wolfe drove at speeds in excess of 100 mph, passing multiple cars in the berms on the highway and passed a commercial truck in the middle of a traffic light.
“Logan Wolfe did not use any due regard for traffic while fleeing from my patrol car with my lights and sirens on,” the deputy wrote in court documents.
Deputies along with officers from the Plain City and Dublin police departments pursued the suspect vehicle onto the eastbound lane of U.S. 33, but the chase ended at the intersection of U.S. 33 and I-270 in Franklin County for safety reasons.
Because the deputy had already identified the man before he fled, law enforcement officials felt confident they would be able to catch Wolfe. The next day, detectives from the sheriff’s office located the suspect at a residence on Fortune Gate Drive in Westerville.
Wolfe was arrested and transported to the Tri County Regional Jail. Detectives recovered approximately $680 in cash that was taken during the robbery.
If convicted on all charges, McGraw would face as many as 24 years in prison. Wolfe could face 25 years in prison, as well as the loss of his Honda, if convicted.
One suspect remains at large and the robbery remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
Also indicted were:
– James Michael Long, 49, of Columbus. Long is charged with one count each of tampering with evidence and possessing criminal tools. The charges both stem from a Sept. 30 incident. If convicted, Long could face as many as six years in prison.
– Rostom Mesli, 41, of Avon Lake. Mesli is charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs, stemming from a June 29 incident involving methamphetamines. If convicted, Mesli could face as many as 12 months in prison.
– Joseph Owusu Asumadu, 22, of Newark. Asumadu is charged with one count each of tampering with evidence and possessing criminal tools. The charges both stem from an Oct. 22 incident. If convicted, Asumadu could face as many as six years in prison.
– Jason Del Webber, 41, of Tipp City. Webber is charged with one count of theft and one count of receiving stolen property. According to court documents, between Aug. 19 and Sept. 4, Webber allegedly stole a trailer from a local tool rental company.
If convicted, Webber could face as many as 24 months in prison.
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