OTTAWA — Three suspects who robbed a Leipsic restaurant on May 21 appeared in Putnam County Municipal Court Thursday and waived their right to a pre-trial. A grand jury will review the case June 19 when formal charges will be determined.
Jordan Matthew Nieto, 22, Leipsic; Thomas David Miles, 19, Jenera; and Mike Pardo III, 22, Leipsic, appeared in court before Judge Chad Niese with their attorneys Thursday.
Nieto’s bond will remain as previously set. Miles’ attorney requested a reduction in his bond, and it was modified with a 10 percent posting permitted as he had no previous criminal history. Pardo requested a reduction in his bond that was not approved.
Andrew Benchic, assistant prosecuting attorney, said Pardo has previous charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle that is a felony in September 2012, was indicted February 2019 by Putnam County Pleas Court on one count of possession of drugs and one count of tampering with evidence. The tampering with evidence was a felony in the third degree and the possession of drugs were fifth degree felonies.
According to a Leipsic Police Department press release, at approximately 7:30 p.m. May 21, a subject entered Mi Familia Restaurant, 131 E. Main St., Leipsic, and removed the cash drawer from the cash register. The subject was chased by the manager but was able to drive away.
Alerted to the crime by 911 operators and dispatchers at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Leipsic Police Officer Scott Harshman, who appeared at Thursday’s hearing, intercepted the car on Road 5, at which time the trio sped away, leading law enforcement in a pursuit exceeding 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when, jostled by repeated bumps, the airbags in the suspects’ vehicle deployed and the car crashed in a Henry County field.
With assistance by personnel from the Putnam County and Henry County Sheriff’s Offices, Officer Harshman took the three into custody and transported them to the Putnam County Jail.
Nieto was charged with burglary, a second degree felony punishable by two to eight years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $15,000. Pardo and Miles face charges of complicity to commit burglary also punishable by two to eight years imprisonments and a maximum fine of $15,000
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