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By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com



Erica Bryant
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Kentucky State Police Det. Craig Miller obtained an indictment warrant for another person in connection with an alleged robbery that resulted in one man being shot and seriously injured.


Erica Bryant, 23, of Lejunior, was arrested by Trooper Danny Caudill on Tuesday on the warrant.


Three men, Cletus Robbins, 58, Arbin Shepherd, 58, of Mary Alice, and Carl Eddy Collins, 50, of Harlan, were previously arrested in connection with the same alleged incident.


According to the three-count indictment handed down by the grand jury on July 14, Bryant unlawfully restrained Benji Stout on May 2. Stout was seriously injured during the course of being restrained.


The indictment states Bryant aided, counseled or attempted to aid Robbins and Collins in the commission of the robbery of Stout. The indictment further charges Bryant with tampering with evidence.


According to a citation, Robbins and other co-defendants robbed Stout of $2,400 in cash. Robbins and the other co-defendants then made threats to kill Stout’s girlfriend’s entire family if anybody went to the police.


Bryant was indicted on charges of kidnapping with serious physical injury, first-degree complicity to robbery and tampering with physical evidence.


Bryant was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on $300,000 full cash bond.


The case is being investigated by Miller.


In other police activity, a woman is facing a trafficking charge stemming from alleged drug activity occurring in 2012.


Melanie Shoemaker, 38, of Loyall, was arrested on Sunday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Det. Danny Lewis.


According to the indictment handed down by the grand jury on Nov. 4, 2013, Shoemaker sold or transferred less than 20 pills of buprenorphine, a schedule III narcotic, on October 13, 2012.


Shoemaker was charged with one count of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond secured by 10 percent.


The case is being investigated by Lewis.


Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde

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