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Harley Sharpe

Man faces robbery charges in Jacksonville wallet theft

A 19-year-old man has been charged with robbery after an alleged wallet theft at a rural business Wednesday that ended with a guns-drawn traffic stop in the center of Jacksonville.

Harley James Sharpe, 19, appeared Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court on a felony charge of third-degree robbery and misdemeanor counts of assault, theft and methamphetamine possession following an alleged strong-arm robbery at a business outside Jacksonville.

Police said Sharpe and a co-suspect charged with misdemeanors are accused of causing a scuffle while trying to take a woman’s wallet containing $86, according to documents filed by Jackson County sheriff’s deputies.

Sharpe and Angelique Lottoyya Risley, 24, were arrested late Wednesday afternoon near Doc Griffin Park in a “high risk traffic stop,” according to court documents.

The pair allegedly tried to make off with a woman’s wallet that had fallen on the floor at a business in the 7300 block of Highway 238, according to sheriff’s deputies. The woman reportedly tried to confront Sharpe, and Risley allegedly pulled the woman away from him, prompting the woman’s son and husband to step in, court documents say.

Sharpe allegedly punched the son in the face, took him to the ground, and bit him on the arm before fleeing in a vehicle with Risley toward Jacksonville, where sheriff’s deputies stopped them at the corner of Fifth and California streets.

The bank cards in the wallet were allegedly thrown from the car on Highway 238 near Jacksonville Hill, according to police, who recovered some of the cards.

Inside the car, police allegedly found a bag of methamphetamine in the center console.

The $86 cash was not recovered, court documents say.

Sharpe remained lodged Thursday evening in the Jackson County Jail on $30,000 bail.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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