Two armed robbers caught after Douglas holdup

Robbery may have had drug connection

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2001

Two men are in prison today after allegedly forcing their way into a Douglas Island apartment in what police called a drug-related armed robbery.

Joshua Allen Coon, 20, and Rorie Christopher Miller, 22, were arrested and charged with felony armed robbery early Sunday morning.

The robbery at gunpoint may have had a drug connection, police said today.

"This type of crime is not common in Juneau," police Capt. Tom Porter said. "It has to do with the isolation here and that we are a smaller town and most likely people will know you or know your friends and, like in this case in particular, they will talk and can name you as a suspect. That is partly why we believe this is a drug-related robbery."

The two men, clad in ski masks, allegedly forced their way into a man and woman's Creek Street apartment waving a shotgun and a handgun. Holding the guns on the residents, the men took an unknown amount of money, police said. They said they don't know if anything else was taken from the apartment.

Porter said police are not sure yet how long the men were in the apartment, but the robbery was quick and there were no injuries to the residents. He said there also was no indication the men tried to break into any other homes in the area. In addition, he said they may have been distantly acquainted with the victims.

Following the robbery, the men left in a Chevy truck, police said. One of the victims began following the men in a different truck.

"We encourage people to be good witnesses," Porter said. "We certainly don't encourage going after a suspect especially if you know they are armed. There's just the potential for serious problems there."

Police later found the truck used by the alleged robbers in the parking lot of the Admiralty Condominiums on David Street. Porter said the two abandoned the truck and fled on foot.

Police arrested Coon around 3:37 a.m., when they found him in the vicinity of the truck. Miller also was found in the area and was detained. Police said they found a shotgun, handgun and two ski masks in the truck along with "substances that may be drugs."

Porter said police are testing the substances. He said the money from the robbery was not found in the truck or on the suspects. While he said the robbery was probably drug-related, but it is still early in the investigation.

Miller was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and treated for a mild case of hypothermia. Upon his release from Bartlett, he was arrested and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, as was with Coon.



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