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An Indianapolis man who pleaded guilty to attempted robbery has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by Bartholomew Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann.
Raymond Byrd, 22, pleaded guilty to a Class B felony and was sentenced in connection with a June 25 incident that took place in a parking lot at Columbus Regional Hospital, court records show.
Byrd was accused of threatening an elderly man after tricking the victim into driving him to the hospital by pretending his wife was about to have a baby there, a police affidavit says. But once arriving at the 18th Street entrance of the hospital, the victim said Byrd threatened him with a knife to his abdomen and told him to keep driving.
Instead, the driver abruptly drove his car over a curb, and Byrd fled on foot, according to the affidavit. The victim, who said he feared a robbery, called police and gave them a description of the man who had threatened him.
Police combed the neighborhood around the hospital. One officer found a man who matched the description walking near the hospital and asked him to stop for questioning. The man fled on foot, but he was caught with the aid of a police search dog in a muddy, wooded area, the police affidavit says.
The victim later identified Byrd from a photo lineup.
Byrd told police he was trying to intimidate the driver into taking him to Indianapolis to pick up $200 from an acquaintance there. Byrd said he stuck a key into the driver’s side, not a knife, according to police statements included in court filings.
Heimann’s sentencing order says Byrd was on probation from another offense when the June 25 incident
occurred, and he has a “significant criminal history.”
Byrd will get credit for 167 days he has spent in jail. He will also have to pay $804 in restitution to the Columbus Police Department because some police equipment was ruined during the chase as officers waded through water to get to Byrd’s hiding place, court records say.
A Class B felony is punishable by six to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine under Indiana law.
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