Rutland man robbed, assaulted in Meigs

By Lorna Hart -

RUTLAND — The Meigs County Sheriff’s office is investigating an alleged assault and robbery that occurred Wednesday on Parkinson Road in Rutland.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said his office received a call at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday that James C. Cox, 61, was allegedly assaulted and robbed at his residence on Parkinson Road. Deputies responded, along with Meigs County EMS and Cox was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

Statements made at the scene indicate that four males knocked on Cox’s door around 8:30-9 p.m. asking for directions. One of the men allegedly sprayed Cox in the face with pepper spray and then struck him in the head with a garden rake that was on his porch.

Three firearms, two shotguns and one muzzleloader were reported stolen, and witnesses stated that the males were in a dark blue four-door car, possibly a Ford Focus, with a chrome grill and a partial Ohio license plate beginning with “AA” or “AZ.”

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacted and arrived to assist with the investigation. Also, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance in searching for the suspect vehicle.

Cox’s condition is unknown at press time and the three male suspects are still at large.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call their local law enforcement agency.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551.

By Lorna Hart