Two teens indicted in robberies

STEUBENVILLE — Two juveniles were indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday on robbery and gun charges.

Johnell Blair, 17, of Wintersville was indicted on four counts of aggravated robbery, each with a firearm specification, and having a firearm while under disability.

Assistant Prosecutor Samuel Pate said Blair robbed two people at gunpoint in the city on Nov. 25.

Malik B. Williams, 17, of Steubenville was indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery, each with a firearm specification.

Pate said Williams was with Blair during a second robbery with a gun, again involving two victims, on Feb. 16 in the city.

Williams was arrested on Feb. 19 with a loaded .40 caliber handgun in his backpack at Steubenville High School, city police reported.

Detectives were investigating one of the armed robberies and were going to ask Williams questions.

The handgun had been reported stolen in Wellsburg, police reported.

Williams also was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon and illegal possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.

Travis P. Mowder, 28, of Apartment 1, 904 Third St., Brilliant, was indicted on a charge of robbery. Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Mowder was attempting to steal a television from Wal-Mart in the Fort Steuben Mall on July 29 when he pushed an elderly Wal-Mart greater to the ground, breaking the woman’s arm.

Dunyasha J. Lawrence, 32, of 1389 township Road 428, Toronto, was indicted on two counts of burglary in Toronto. Toronto Police Chief Randy Henry said Lawrence entered a home in the 200 block of Fifth Street, while the residents were inside, and entered an apartment in the 400 block of Market Street. Both incidents happened at the end of May.

John W. Crawford, 18, of 1422 Orchard Ave. was indicted on two counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition involving minors.

Jamaine D. Sykes, 24, of 401 Dresden Ave. was indicted on felony assault and misdemeanor counts of obstructing official business and two counts of resisting arrest. Hanlin said Sykes assaulted a city police officer on March 20.


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