PRESS RELEASE, 11/21/2005

Man indicted in the robberies of elderly victims

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announced today the indictment of Jamin Mitchell, 18, for four separate robberies of elderly victims in Cincinnati and Delhi Township.

Mitchell, of Desoto, Texas, was indicted for Aggravated Robbery, Robbery, Felonious Assault, Misuse of a Credit Card and Forgery for the incidents that occurred during the first weeks of November. The defendant, along with a juvenile co-defendant, robbed elderly victims at knife point taking their wallets and purses.

The latest offense occurred on November 9, 2005 around 4pm. The defendants broke into the home of Kenneth and Verna Hellman, 5706 Harvey Circle in Dehli. Mitchell, armed with a knife, stole a wallet, credit cards and stabbed Kenneth Hellman in the left arm.

Mitchell is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $ 1.5 million dollar bond. Mitchell faces up to 81 years in prison if convicted on all charges. The co-defendant, Jeremy Jester, 17, will be in juvenile court December 1, 2005. The Prosecutor’s office has asked for Jester to be bound over and tried as an adult.

Prosecutor Deters said today, “These defendants said they chose elderly victims because they wouldn’t resist the robberies. We plan to send them to prison as long as possible so no other elderly people are victimized.”