Two Men Charged with Attempted Armed Robbery

Published Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

August  12, 2013. On Sunday Aug. 11 Boone Police responded to an armed robbery in the parking lot of New Market Center.  A male victim stated that he was scheduled to meet a man about buying a cell phone.  The victim made contact with the man through Craigslist and then communicated with the man by email.  Shortly after arriving in the parking lot, a man approached the victim brandishing a knife and demanding money.  The victim was able to gain control of the knife at which point the assailant fled. The assailant left the area in a vehicle that was waiting nearby driven by a second male.  The victim suffered a minor injury that did not require medical attention.    

Two brothers have been arrested and charged as a result of the incident.  Joshua James Hash, 21, of Cecil Street, Boone, was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery.  Joshua Hash was assigned a $75,000 secured bond pending a September 17, 2013, court appearance.  Kevin Floyd Hash, 17, of Sunny Ridge Trail, Boone, was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.  Kevin Hash was assigned a $100,000 secured bond pending a September 17, 2013, court appearance.

This incident highlights the need to be cautious anytime you buy or sell items online.  Here are several tips to help keep you safe:

  • Never meet someone alone, always take a companion

  • Do not carry large amounts of cash

  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert

  • If something seems too good to be true, it probably is

  • Always meet in a public place

  • Get as much information as possible about the other person before you meet  including name and phone number(s)

    Kevin Hash photo courtsey of Boone PD.

     

    Joshua Hash photo courtesy of Boone PD.

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