Four arrested in Kitts Hill robberies

Published 10:04 am Thursday, August 6, 2009

Four people are in custody in connection with a string of recent daytime robberies in Pedro and Kitts Hill.

Shon Williams, 24, of 1208 S. Second St., Ironton, and Ranae Schwab, 26, of 1021 S. Sixth St., Ironton, were arrested by Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies and taken to the jail in Ironton.

William R. Sexton, 26, 204 ½ Mastin Ave., Ironton and Sara M. Branham, 23, of 1206 Raceland Ave., Raceland, Ky., were arrested and taken to the Greenup County, Ky., Detention Center by Russell, Ky., police.

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Sheriff Jeff Lawless said detectives investigating several daytime robberies received numerous tips about who might have been involved.

When Williams and Schwab implicated Sexton and Branham during their interviews.

A search of Branham’s vehicle turned up several items that had been allegedly stolen during a recent burglary in the Westwood, Ky., area, including guns and hunting equipment.

The four have reportedly told authorities they went to homes they intended to victimize and first knocked on the door to see if anyone was home.

If they got no answer they would break in. If the knock was answered the four reportedly told deputies they would pretend they were looking for someone and then leave.

Williams and Schwab will be arraigned today in Ironton Municipal Court.

Extradition is being sought for the other two, Lawless said.