Man charged in robbery

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 5, 2003

An Ironton man is behind bars, charged with aggravated robbery in connection with an early morning hold up at a house in the 600 block of Ninth Street.

Ironton Police Detective Chris Bowman said Michael Coleman, 31, was taken into custody a short distance from where the robbery occurred. The items taken were also confiscated near where Coleman was apprehended.

Bowman said Coleman went to the residence at approximately 5:30 a.m., and when the residents opened the door, he entered and demanded money. He left with the wallets belonging to a half a dozen people at the house.

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"He was wearing a ski mask and told them he had a gun," Bowman said. "The gun later turned out to be a broomstick with a knife attached to it."

Bowman said Coleman was acquainted with the victims. Coleman was taken to the Lawrence County Jail.