Garrettsville teen charged in June 2012 robbery of bowling alley

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published:

A Garrettsville teen wanted since July 2012 for robbing the Skylane Bowling alley on Windham Street the previous month has been brought back to Ohio from West Virginia to face felony robbery and assault charges.

Timothy J. Weiss Jr., 18, with a last know address on Harris Drive, was brought back to Ohio last week from Braxton County, W.Va., where he had been incarcerated pending trial on charges of grand larceny, according to Garrettsville Police Chief Anthony Milicia. Weiss was wanted on a warrant in Portage County alleging one count each of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

A trial on those charges is scheduled to begin April 2 in Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow's courtroom. Bond information was not immediately available, though Weiss' warrant ordered he be held on $250,000 cash pending trial.

Weiss was incarcerated in the Central Regional Jail in West Virginia awaiting trial in Braxton County, W.Va. on four felony charges following his arrest on July 7, 2012, according to the Braxton Citizens' News website. The nature of the charges against Weiss in West Virginia was not immediately clear, though at least one was a charge of felony grand larceny.

Weiss pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Braxton County Circuit Court on Jan. 25 and was sentenced to five years probation, which he was ordered to serve in Ohio, the Citizens' News reported. Portage County sheriff's deputies traveled to West Virginia and brought Weiss back to stand trial on a Portage County grand jury indictment filed in July 2012, Milicia said.

Garrettsville police said Weiss and Joshua L. Keenan, also of Garrettsville, entered Skylane Bowling at 8311 Windham St. at 11 p.m. June 3, 2012. Wearing masks, they struck manager Aaron King over the head with an empty wine bottle and fled with more than $8,200 in cash and merchandise. King suffered minor injuries and was briefly hospitalized.

Keenan, then 19, was arrested, indicted by a Portage County grand jury and on Nov. 16, 2012 pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. Enlow sentenced him to four years in prison.

Now 20, Keenan is a registered Tier I sex offender, required to register with his local sheriff's office once a year for 15 years after pleading guilty to one count each of attempted menacing by stalking, a fifth-degree felony, intimidation, a first-degree misdemeanor, and sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, in March 2012. Enlow sentenced him to a total of eight months in the Portage County jail, to run concurrent to the four-year prison term in the robbery case.

In the other case, Keenan had sexual contact with a 16-year-old Garrettsville girl, stalked her in June to July 2011 and attempted to intimidate her into not filing charges against him, according to court records.

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