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Two charged with robbing woman

July 15th, 2013 10:16 pm by Becky Campbell

Two charged with robbing woman

Arthur A. Bass and William C. McAllister


Johnson City police arrested two men early Monday on a robbery charge after a woman flagged down an officer for help.


Arthur A. Bass, 53, and William C. McAllister, 40, neither who have home addresses, according to court records, were charged after police drove the victim to the area where the men were detained, and she positively identified them.


The victim, Carol Mathes, pulled her car in behind a police officer who was on a traffic stop near Buffalo Street and West Walnut.


Mathes ‘was very upset and yelled out her window for me to help her,” Officer Jackie Holleman wrote in the court document.


Mathes told Holleman that she was driving down Main Street toward the downtown area and remembered passing apartments on her left when she had to stop at a stop sign. When she stopped her vehicle, two black men — one an older man with shaggy hair and wearing overalls and the other was more clean-cut and wore a white T-shirt — approached her window.


The older man pulled Mathes’ hair and put his hand around her throat to hold her back and demanded she give him money, she told police.


The other man reached into the car and began feeling around her pants pockets and removed $35.


When the men got the money, they ran away. Mathes drove away and saw Holleman on the traffic stop and pulled in to report the incident. According to court records, she didn’t call 911 immediately because she quickly saw the lights from the police cruiser.


Holleman put a call out on the police radio with a description of the two suspects, and Officer Jon Demsey made contact with them a short time later.


Bass and McAllister were arraigned on the robbery charge in Washington County Sessions Court on Monday afternoon. They remained jailed on $50,000 bond each and have a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 24.


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