SALEM - A Salem man is facing an aggravated robbery charge, accused of attempting to rob a couple at knifepoint Monday morning near Sparkle Market here.
A Youngstown man, later found at the defendant's apartment, also was charged with drug possession and tampering with evidence.
Matthew Juillerat, 23, of 1080 N. Lincoln Ave., Salem, was taken into custody for the second-degree felony after police learned he was hiding in his mother's basement at a nearby home in the 300 block of South Lincoln Avenue.
As part of the investigation, Salem police and the county drug task force secured and searched Juillerat's residence on North Lincoln where they found Randolph Moore Jr., 21, of Youngstown.
Moore was charged with illegal possession of prescription medication, a fifth-degree felony, and a third-degree felony of tampering with evidence for allegedly trying to conceal drugs.
Salem Detective Dave Talbert said agents seized 38 grams of heroin, 15 grams of powdered cocaine and five grams of crack cocaine carrying a combined street value of $9,500 from the apartment. They also found some marijuana, cash, and drug paraphernalia used in trafficking and drug abuse, including syringes. A handgun was also recovered from the apartment.
Possible additional charges will be reviewed by the county grand jury. Both Juillerat and Moore were taken to the county jail, with initial court appearances expected today.
"We believe the motive behind the attempted robbery was to fund the suspect's alleged drug habit," Talbert said.
Police were initially called to the area of South Lincoln for a robbery in progress at 9:33 a.m. Monday, with a patrolman flagged down by a man in a driveway. He reported that the two passengers in his car, a male and a female, had been robbed by a male with a knife. According to the report, the victims said he asked for money and then pulled a knife out of his pocket. He was unable to get anything from the two victims and they reported seeing him run into a house.