Bond set at $250,000 for robbery suspect who acted ‘strange’

Bond was set at $250,000 for an Indiana man who faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for stealing $280 from a Middletown drug store.

Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set the bond that high because of the “serious nature” of the charges, he said this morning during the arraignment for Brenden Parker, 27, of Aurora, Ind. Parker was appointed attorney James Calhoun, and his preliminary hearing was set for next week.

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At times during the arraignment, Parker seemed confused and disorientated while standing before Sherron. Middletown police said after Parker was arrested Wednesday night he was acting “strange,” so he was examined at Atrium Medical Center before he was transported to City Jail.

Police believe Parker may have family in the Middletown, though there didn’t appear to be any friends or relatives in the courtroom during his arraignment.

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On Wednesday night, Parker allegedly pulled out what the clerk thought was a black handgun, but later was found to be a BB gun, and told the female clerk: “Give me the money in the cash register and I will not harm you,” according to the Middletown police report.

The cashier told Parker she couldn’t do that and he repeated: “I do not want to hurt you. Give me the money.”

The clerk handed Parker all the cash, and he said he wanted the larger bills under the drawer. About $280 was stolen, the report said.

During the foot pursuit that followed, a Middletown police officer deployed his taser, but the taser was ineffective because both probes missed the suspect, the report said. Once the subject was caught, he refused to be handcuffed and two “baton strikes” were used to “gain compliance” on him, the report said.

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Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said officers who were chasing Parker believed he was armed, and at times Parker had his hand in his pocket.

Parker was charged with aggravated robbery, a felony, and two misdemeanors, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

After he was apprehended, he was found to be in possession of the stolen money. Canine officer Bear found a black BB gun near where the suspect was located.

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