A Medina married couple accused of robbing a man at gunpoint told police they were trying to intimidate a man who had been badgering the wife — but robbed the wrong guy.
Jesse Hodges, 31, is charged with robbing a 24-year-old man at 9 p.m. May 4 at Goddard’s Car Wash, 1252 Medina Road, Sharon Township.
Medina County sheriff’s Captain Kenneth Baca said Hodges’ wife, 24-year-old Christina Paine, was in the couple’s vehicle nearby.
“An unknown person kept calling her phone, so they arranged to meet there at the car wash,” Baca said he was told by the couple. “Mr. Hodges went there thinking the victim was somebody else, so this victim was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Baca said Hodges told the man he was part of a sexual predator task force with the Ohio Highway Patrol. He searched the man’s car and found a firearm, Baca said, and then told the man he owed a $50 fine.
The grand jury indictment stated Hodges brandished a gun during the robbery that was later identified as a BB gun.
Hodges pleaded not guilty Thursday to aggravated robbery, robbery, kidnapping and impersonating a police officer.
Paine, who also goes by her husband’s last name, pleaded not guilty Monday to complicity to all Hodges’ crimes except the impersonating charge.
“She’s part and parcel of the incident,” Baca said.
Each of them could face 11 or more years in prison if convicted.
County Common Pleas judges Christopher Collier and James Kimbler scheduled the couple for August jury trials: Paine on Aug. 4 and Hodges on Aug. 11.
Paine awaits trial at the county jail, where she’s held on $40,000 bond.
Hodges was on probation for an October theft conviction out of Richland County. He was transferred to that county’s jail on May 30 to face a probation violation.
In addition, Hodges was convicted in Medina County of felony and misdemeanor theft in 2010 and heroin possession and trafficking in 2005. And in 2003, he served 54 days in jail after he was convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for killing a 76-year-old man in a car crash.
His wife was in a drug treatment and intervention program on a heroin possession charge.
Their probations at first denied them contact with one another, but a Jan. 27 order from Judge Kimbler granted contact.
According to court documents, the couple was married Dec. 23.
Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.