HAZARD — Five people were indicted this month on charges relating to a robbery that took place at a Scuddy Game Room in May that left one security guard in critical condition.
Jeremy Coots, 31, of Viper, Valeria Causey Noble, 40, of Viper, Cody Miller, 25, of Hazard, Derika June Morris, 35, of Hazard and Steven Michael Morris, 42, of Bonnyman were indicted on one count of first-degree assault, four counts of first-degree robbery and one count of criminal syndicate.
Derika Morris was indicted on additional charges of four counts of first-degree complicity to robbery, one count of first-degree complicity to commit assault and one count of second-degree complicity to commit assault.
Miller was indicted on an additional charge of one count of second-degree assault.
According to the indictment, around the time of May 14, Miller, Coots, Noble and Steven Morris entered the Scuddy Game Room with the intention of stealing several items valued at $10,000 or more. According to a police report, the game room was closed during the robbery.
During the alleged robbery, Coots, Steven Morris, Noble and Miller are accused of assaulting Security Guard Otis Combs in the head with a lead pipe, their feet and fist.
Combs was left in critical condition after the alleged assault. He was transported to Pikeville Medical Center.
Miller is accused of hitting Combs’s wife, Vicki Combs, in the arm with a lead pipe during the alleged robbery.
Coots, Steven Morris, Noble and Miller are also accused of robbing Combs, Vicki Combs, Betty Sue Ritchie and Shannon Engle. The indictment says accusers were armed with a deadly weapon during the theft.
Derika Morris drove the getaway vehicle during the armed robbery, the indictment says.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) arrested Miller, Derika Morris, Coots, Steven Morris and Noble late last month on charges relating to armed robbery.
Bail was set in the amount of $75,000 plus home incarceration and MCR for each party. They are set to appear for arraignment in the Perry County Circuit Court on July 1 at 9 a.m.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.