MOULTRIE -- Several armed robberies and aggravated assaults in March have a common thread.

Recently in Colquitt County Superior Court, a grand jury found enough evidence to pursue charges against Ruben Antonio Ruiz, 26, Regency Village, Lot 69, Romel Campero Reyes, 34, Overlook Drive, and Jair Jimenez, no personal information in file, for the alleged armed robbery of Edgar Monroy and Angelica Rowulo March 5. The group faces two counts of armed robbery, one count kidnapping and three weapons charges for the alleged incident.

Ruiz and Reyes also face charges of aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit an armed robbery and burglary after they allegedly broke into the home of Laura Castro, 877 Sardis Church Road, and threatened her with a handgun March 9.

In a third case, Ruiz, Joshua L. Johnson and Jamiel Jiminez, 19, 3312 Old Adel Road, face aggravated assault charges for shooting at Sylvester Laredo and Obed M. Gomez at Ga. Highway 133 South at Hawthorne Drive, March 9, court documents said.

Ruiz, 26, has also been indicted on armed robbery and aggravated assault for allegedly robbing Starshema Greene using a hammer as a weapon.



Charges dropped

In other felony cases, the grand jury did not find enough evidence to prosecute the following and charges were dropped against:

Lonnie W. Beck Sr., 49, Rancho Taylor Road, underage pandering.

Jeffery D. Winder, 19, 404 E. Central Ave., statutory rape.

Anthony S. Allen, 32, 217 12th St. S.E., rape.

Donald E. Reeves, 49, 822 Ninth Ave. S.E., aggravated stalking.

Kenneth A. Seay Sr., 54, 818 10th Ave. N.W., rape.

Joel C. Sifuentes, 31, 127 Ortiz Lane, two counts aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and one count cruelty to children.

Daniel Scott, 55, 1008 Fourth Ave. N.W., three counts child molestation.



Other indictments

The grand jury found enough evidence to indict the following:

Calvin L. Barfield, 24, 424 Ninth St. N.W., possession of cocaine with intent to distribute March 4 in the 100 block of Fifth Ave. N.E.

Christopher F. Bridges, 28, 188 Hopewell Church Road, possession of cocaine and misdemeanor operation of a motor vehicle without a current license plate.

Darien Denardo Lee, 20, 316 W. Culpepper St., two counts obstruction.

John F. Laster, 39, 612 Coventry Circle, 13 counts of first degree forgery.

Michael Jermaine Walker, 28, College Circle, two counts aggravated assault, first degree cruelty to children, obstruction, two counts misdemeanor second degree cruelty to children, two counts misdemeanor simple battery and misdemeanor obstruction. Walker allegedly struck the grandmother of a 1-week-old baby with a broom handle March 10 while she was holding the child. He also allegedly struck a 3-year-old child in the face, court documents said.

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