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Jenkins police have suspects in robbery case

Police are looking for a man and woman who allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill a Jenkins man after he would not give up his pills used to treat narcotics addiction.

Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens said Ricky Allen Bates Jr., 25, broke into the trailer of Jeff McPherson in Rocky Hollow in Jenkins at 11:45 p.m. on August 14.

Stephens said the break-in occurred after Bates, McPherson and Melissa L. Slone, 20, of Betsy Lane returned to Jenkins from a shopping trip to a liquor store in Pike County.

“When they returned Ricky said he needed to go to a friend’s house to pick something up,” said Stephens. “Jeff and Melissa were waiting at the Burdine Post Office.”

Stephens said after waiting at the post office for about thirty minutes for Bates to return, Slone drove McPherson to his residence, where they found Bates inside.

“(Bates) asked for meds and when McPherson didn’t give it to him he assaulted McPherson with a club he found at the residence,” said Stephens. “He stated that he would kill Jeff and his family if he didn’t give him medications.”

Stephens said the drug Bates was asking for was Suboxone, which is used to stop withdrawal pains and block the intoxicating effect of narcotics.

Stephens said Slone helped with planning and carrying out the crime. He said Slone provided the vehicle in which the two left the scene.

Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Bates and Slone. Stephens said Bates faces several charges including first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, firstdegree robbery, third-degree terroristic threatening and being a persistent felony offender.

Slone faces charges of complicity to first-degree assault, complicity to first-degree burglary, complicity to first-degree robbery and complicity to third-degree terroristic threatening.

Corporal Anthony Maggard of the Jenkins Police Department has charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bates or Slone is asked to call the Jenkins Police Department at 832-4411 or the Kentucky State Police at (606) 435-6069.

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