Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Men indicted in holdup, assault cases

Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — A Kettering, Ohio, widower faces several charges in Warren County stemming from a Springboro bank holdup and police chase last month.

        Thomas Burroughs, 29, was indicted Friday on charges of grand theft, failure to obey a police officer and endangering children. He is to be arraigned Feb. 4 and is being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

        Authorities say Mr. Burroughs robbed the Springboro branch of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank on Dec. 28 and led police on a chase through Warren, Montgomery and Greene counties. His 3-year-old daughter, Joia, was strapped in her car seat in the back seat.

        The pursuit ended after Mr. Burroughs crashed his car into a van on Interstate 675 in Beavercreek, a Dayton suburb. Mr. Burroughs, Joia and a West Carrollton man driving the van were treated at Dayton-area hospitals for minor injuries.

        Mr. Burroughs allegedly took about $7,900 from the bank, and police recovered all but $64.

        Karen Dorn, Mr. Burroughs' mother, has said her son was facing a stack of unpaid medical bills, the death of his wife in May and the stress of raising a young daughter alone.

        Also last week, the Warren grand jury indicted a Lebanon man on charges he hit his girlfriend, stole her car — with her 2-month-old daughter inside — and assaulted a Lebanon police officer during a struggle last month. Thomas J. Collins Jr., 21, was indicted on abduction, domestic violence, robbery, assault, resisting arrest and child endangering charges.

        Mr. Collins was arrested in Lebanon after a struggle with police. A Lebanon police officer suffered minor injuries to the knees and face. The girl- friendand her infant daughter were not injured.


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- Men indicted in holdup, assault cases