Charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping were 26-year-old John J. Wallace of Hamilton, Ohio, and 24-year-old Marco A. Delgado, 24, of Gallipolis. Charged with complicity to aggravated robbery was Gabriel S. T. Hill, 19, of Middleport, Ohio.
Delgado is also charged with a probation violation, according to the website of the regional jail in Nelsonville.
According to a release from the Athens Police, the agency got a call from a Walmart manager shortly after 8 p.m. that two male victims had been robbed at gunpoint in the store parking lot.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to the two male victims, the police report said. The two stated they had been in a car with two male acquaintances when the two acquaintances pulled out handguns and robbed them of cash and cell phones. The two suspects left the car and got into another vehicle that was waiting nearby. That car was driven by a third man. All three suspects then fled the area, police said.
The two victims reported the incident to Wal-Mart employees and were able to provide the license plate number of the car the suspects fled in, according to the report. The Police Department immediately put out an alert over the LEADS computer system, and within approximately 40 minutes received word from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Meigs County Sheriff's Office that the car had been stopped in Pomeroy. All three occupants were taken into custody without incident, police reported.
Agencies that assisted on the case were the Athens Police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Meigs and Gallia County Major Crimes Task Force.
After being apprehended, the three suspects were taken to the Athens Police Department for further investigation and charges.
Officers at the scene of the arrest in Meigs County allegedly located two handguns in the vehicle, as well as cash and narcotics. The vehicle was towed to Athens.