Third armed robbery suspect charged

Man indicted in December's Creek Street robbery

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

A Petersburg man is in prison today on charges alleging he was one of three armed, mask-clad men who stormed a Juneau couple's home last year, demanding money. He also was charged in a second armed robbery.

Cameron O'neil, 22, was indicted by a Juneau grand jury March 29 on two counts of first-degree felony robbery and two counts of first-degree felony burglary.

At his arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Friday, O'neil, also known as "K," pleaded innocent to all charges stemming from robberies Dec. 16 on Creek Street and Sixth Street.

Rorie Miller, 20 and Joshua Coon, 22, pleaded guilty in March to lesser charges stemming from the Creek Street robbery and are scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

Police recently arrested O'neil based on statements made by Miller and Coon during questioning in December, according to court records.

Capt. Tom Porter said police began receiving anonymous tips about a possible third suspect in the crime a few weeks after the incident. He said police knew O'neil's "street" name but not much more, and eventually a police source gave them O'neil's real name. An arrest warrant was issued March 26. O'neil turned himself in to Petersburg police April 3.

Attorney Phil Pallenberg, O'neil's public defender, was out of town and couldn't be reached for comment.

According to an affidavit from District Attorney Richard Svobodny, three men entered the Creek Street home Dec. 16 wearing ski masks and brandishing a shotgun and a semi-automatic handgun.

Miller, Coon and, allegedly, O'neil climbed the stairs of the home heading toward one of the bedrooms where the homeowners were sleeping.

Porter said in an interview today that while none of the residents saw O'neil in the home, three people were heard.

Coon and Miller burst in the bedroom demanding money, according to the affidavit.

A house guest in another bedroom heard the commotion and called police. The robbers left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police, already en route, spotted the men and gave chase. After several minutes, police spotted the get-away vehicle stuck in a snow bank.

Miller was still in the vehicle with the weapons, Coon was captured later in the woods and O'neil was nowhere to be found, according to the affidavit.

When Coon and Miller were questioned, both said a third man named "K" or "Cam" drove the vehicle and had the guns, according to the affidavit. Coon and Miller said they did not know his full name.

The affidavit did not specify details of a second alleged robbery on Sixth Street of Dec. 16 in which O'neil also is charged.

O'neil's record includes 10 prior convictions, all misdemeanors. If convicted of the newest charges, O'neil could get a maximum of 20 years for each offense.

O'neil is being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.



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