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Local man jailed on robbery charge
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TRINITY – A Trinity man was being held this week under a $250,000 bond on an aggravated robbery charge filed in connection with a knife-point robbery. Michael Miles was arrested early Friday, April 1, by Officer Justin Sikes following a brief chase in the West Pine Valley Road area. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the incident began when a man came to the police department during the early morning hours Friday and reported being robbed. “He came in and said Michael Miles robbed him at knife point,” Jones said. The victim said he was sleeping in his pickup truck off Trinlady Park Road when the suspect approached him, pulled a knife and demanded his money. “The victim was unsure of exactly how much money he had at the time, but said it was around $2,000,” Jones said. After taking the report, Sikes went out on patrol to look for the suspect. Jones said he spotted him at about 3:50 a.m. walking along West Pine Valley but when the officer turned on his overhead emergency lights, the suspect took off running. The officer pursued the man a short distance in his vehicle until the suspect entered a wooded area. After unsuccessfully searching for him for briefly on foot, the officer returned to his patrol car and began circling the area. “He spotted someone hiding in some bushes and again left the vehicle to check it out,” Jones said. When the officer confronted the suspect, Jones said he fired pepper spray into the man’s face to stop him when he again tried to run. After the suspect was placed into custody, a total of $2,128 in cash was found in his possession. He was taken before Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bernie Beard, who set the bond. Miles also was charged with misdemeanor evading arrest/detention in connection with the pursuit. Jones added that additional burglary charges were pending in connection with an unrelated case. Three held on felony marijuana changes In other police activity last week, three Trinity women were held on third degree felony possession of marijuana charges after police found 1.5 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop. Alexis Qualls, Lacrissa Windows and Jasmine Rogers were in the custody of the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department this week after being arrested Thursday, March 31, by Trinity Police Sgt. Randy Wheeler and Officer B. Ferguson. Jones said the arrest came after officers stopped a 2005 Chrysler 300 for a traffic violation at about 7 p.m. March 31. “Sgt. Wheeler could smell marijuana as he approached the vehicle and immediately become suspicious,” Jones said. During a subsequent search of the interior of the vehicle, Jones said officers found a small amount of marijuana and 1 1/2 pills of what is believed to be Ecstasy, an illegal psychoactive drug that is chemically similar to methamphetamine and mescaline. Jones said during a search of the vehicle’s truck, officers also found 1.5 pounds of marijuana hidden in a speaker box, All three women in the car were charged with felony possession of marijuana and addition drug charges were pending the completion of laboratory analysis of the pills found in the car.