GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man accused in the alleged robbery and assault of a man was recently charged in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County on felony charges relating to the incident.
Jesse S. Reitmire, 27, New Haven, W.Va., formerly of Gallipolis, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated robbery, a first degree felony, and felonious assault, a second degree felony, following the alleged assault that occurred on May 22.
According to the factual statement filed by the investigating officer in this case, the victim reported that he met with the defendant on the night in question in Centenary on the pretense of purchasing a laptop computer. The defendant and victim then reportedly traveled to Reitmire’s property located on Ohio 588 and, while there, the victim was allegedly assaulted.
Reportedly, as the victim was speaking with another male who was located at the defendant’s residence, Reitmire allegedly grabbed the victim through the driver’s side window of the victim’s truck and struck him in the head with an unknown object. A total of $220 in cash was also taken from his vehicle.
The victim then sped away from the scene in search of help and was later met by deputies in Centenary. He was transported to Holzer Medical Center and was reportedly treated for facial swelling and lacerations.
Reitmire was later identified as a suspect in this case and, during a preliminary hearing in the Gallipolis Municipal Court, the case was bound over to the common pleas court where a grand jury later indicted the suspect.
During a hearing last week, Reitmire was arraigned and his bond was set at $45,000, own recognizance, with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent secured.
A plea agreement may be filed in this case by October 5 and a jury trial has been scheduled for November 5.
Reitmire was previously charged in the common pleas court with one count of receiving stolen property in a 2008 case after he received, retained or disposed of a .22 caliber pistol, property he had reasonable cause to believe was obtained through a theft offense.
The defendant pleaded guilty to this charge in April 2009 and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine along with costs of the prosecution.