Last updated: September 20. 2013 10:28PM - 2138 Views
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POMEROY — The West Virginia man alleged to have robbed the Farmers Bank branch in Tuppers Plains earlier this year is scheduled for a change of plea hearing on Monday.

Chad R. Rennicker, 25, of Ripley, W.Va., has plead not guilty to charges related to the crime since his initial court appearance three months ago.

The hearing is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Monday with Judge I. Carson Crow presiding. A jury trial in the case was scheduled for Sept. 25, but has been canceled according to the clerk of courts website.

It is not clear at this time if Rennicker will plead guilty to all seven charges against him.

Rennicker is currently charged with six counts of kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery.

According to the indictment filed in June, Rennicker did or attempted to commit a theft offense while having a deadly weapon on or about his person or under his control and either displayed the weapon, brandished it or indicated the possession of use of it during the offense.

The six kidnapping counts are one count for each individual working at the bank at the time of the alleged offense. The indictment alleges that Rennicker did commit the crime of kidnapping at Farmers Bank in Tuppers Plains, by force, threat or deception, knowingly remove another from the place where the person was found or restrain the liberty of the other person, to facilitate the commission of any felony or flight thereafter.

Rennicker was also wanted by the Belmont County Ohio Sheriff’s Office and the Perry Township Police Department in Stark County Ohio. In May, Rennicker was sentenced on armed robbery charges in Belmont County and has failed to turn himself into authorities to serve his sentence.

He along with Michaela Fritz were arrested on June 1 in Ripley, W.Va. Fritz has not been charged with any crime in Meigs County.

The arrest of both suspects at an apartment in Ripley began with the surveillance of a white van that the suspects were driving. Rennicker and Fritz went to an apartment complex in Ripley and were followed by officers at that time. In response to the presence of law enforcement, the pair then attempted to hide in the attic, but Rennicker fell through the ceiling into the bedroom of an adjacent apartment. He was captured and taken into custody without incident.

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