Gallia man gets four years for robbery

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Jarrid Marcum

Jarrid Marcum

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man will spend the next four years of his life in prison for his role in the robbery of a Green Township woman earlier this year.

Jarrid Marcum, 27, of Vinton, was sentenced in Gallia County Common Pleas Court to four years in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after he pleaded guilty to first-degree felony aggravated robbery.

According to Gallia County Sheriff’s Office reports and the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, Marcum knocked on the door of a female’s resident at Green Terrace Court, off State Route 141, in Green Township. Marcum asked the woman if her boyfriend, identified as Donald Denny II in an earlier Daily Tribune story, was home because he had an item he wanted to sell to Denny. The woman told police she informed Marcum that Denny was not home, but that she would contact him by phone.

While the woman was calling Denny, prosecutors said Marcum struck the woman in the face, causing her to fall to the floor. As the woman began screaming for help, Marcum placed his hand over her mouth, prosecutors said, and told her he had a gun and would kill her if she moved.

That’s when prosecutors say Marcum grabbed the woman’s purse and a welding helmet, according to an earlier story published in the Daily Tribune, from a nearby kitchen counter and fled the scene.

“A neighbor to the residence reported seeing a tall, white male run from the victim’s residence and enter the passenger seat of a vehicle that appeared to be waiting for (Marcum),” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “The vehicle had no license plates and was running prior to (Marcum) exiting the vehicle.”

The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene, spoke with the woman and issued a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) for Marcum and the vehicle in which he fled. Minutes after the BOLO was issued, the Ohio State Highway Patrol found the vehicle matching the description on State Route 325 near State Route 588. The vehicle was stopped Marcum was identified as a passenger in the vehicle. The driver was identifed as Denny.

Troopers held the vehicle until sheriff’s deputies arrives. That’s when deputies found cash inside the vehicle consistent with the amount the woman reported was inside her purse at the time it was taken from her kitchen counter.

“Other items were located inside the vehicle which were later identified by the victim as the contents of her purse,” said Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford. “The victim’s wallet was also recovered along the side of the road by a passerby out riding his ATV. The location of the wallet was consistent with the path taken by (Marcum) and his driver.”

The sheriff’s office also served a warrant to search for the suspects’ DNA from hair and saliva samples to compare with DNA on items owned by the victim.

Marcum was indicted in March for the aggravated robbery. Denny was also indicted and his criminal prosecution is pending at this time.

In addition to his four-year sentence, Marcum must also pay restitution to the victim. He began serving his prison sentence Sept. 10.

“This case was assisted, in great part, by members of the general public who aren’t on any law enforcement payroll, but who saw something and made the decision to step forward and say something,” said Assistant Prosecutor Britt T. Wiseman. “The neighbor who was able to identify the vehicle and the passerby who located the victim’s wallet were instrumental in assisting law enforcement officers in piecing together the facts of the case and creating a strong prosecution.”

Wiseman said law enforcement and prosecutors rely on the public for tips about crimes and other suspiciious activity.

“It aids us in combatting and responding to crime throughout the county,” he said.

Reach Michael Johnson at 740-446-2342, ext. 2102, or on Twitter @OhioEditorMike.

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