Friday, June 23, 2000

2 men charged in '99 robbery, shooting of clerk

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Police have charged two men with armed robbery and the shooting of a store clerk in MainStrasse Village last year.

        Orlando Calloway, 41, is charged with first-degree robbery. Mr. Calloway, a convicted felon from Cincin nati, is serving time in the Ohio penitentiary system for another crime, said Covington Detective Jim Coots. He said Mr. Calloway was extradited to Ohio from New York about four months ago.

        Police say a store surveillance video from the Oct. 5 robbery shows Mr. Calloway holding a gun on two clerks at Kimmy's Korner Deli at Main and Ninth streets.

        The man police said drove the getaway car, Larry Anderson, 40, is also charged with first-degree robbery. Covington police ask that anyone who knows his whereabouts call 292-2222.

        As the two other men left the store, clerk Becky Wren was shot in the face at point-blank range. Ms. Wren survived the attack with wounds to her face and arms.

        Kenneth “Scooter” Rankins was arrested less than two weeks later in Avondale in connection with the robbery. In April, he was convicted of first-degree robbery by Kenton Circuit Court and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

        Detective Coots said Mr. Rankins' cooperation made the two most recent robbery charges possible.


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