Key witness is missing robbery trial postponed

July 08, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

Potential jurors were lined up yesterday, but they never got the chance to be chosen to hear the case of a 23-year-old Westminster man charged with robbing a pizza deliveryman. One of the key prosecution witnesses didn't show up.

The failure of Angela Bailey to appear in court yesterday morning forced Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold to dismiss the potential jurors and postpone the trial of Jonathan Todd Jarboe of Madison Street.

L Prosecutors said they did not know Ms. Bailey's whereabouts.

Mr. Jarboe's attorney asked Judge Arnold to set a new trial date; he did not. But he did set a bail hearing for Mr. Jarboe on July 18.

Mr. Jarboe is in the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. He was to be tried on charges of robbery, theft and handgun violations. He also was charged with intimidating Ms. Bailey. Prosecutors say he had bragged to her about participating in a robbery.

In a letter introduced by prosecutors yesterday, Ms. Bailey wrote to her parents that she had run away because she knows "what John and his friends are like" and that she "couldn't take the risk of him/them coming after" her family.

Christopher Bell, a Domino's Pizza deliveryman, was robbed about 1 a.m. Aug. 8 in the first block of Liberty St. Mr. Bell said he was approached by two men and one -- wearing a stocking mask -- pointed a gun at him and demanded his money. The pair then fled with his wallet containing $150, he said.

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