News and Tribune

April 3, 2014

ISP: Pot dealer robbed in home

New Albany teenager charged and held under $200K bond

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — A 19-year-old New Albany man is being held under a $200,000 court-cash bond in the Floyd County Jail after police say he robbed a drug dealer at gunpoint.

Andrew T. King, Autumn Hill Trail, was charged in Floyd County Superior Court No. 1 on Tuesday with class B felony robbery. King’s arrest followed an investigation by the Indiana State Police of the alleged robbery at the dealer’s home Feb. 24.

The man who claims he was robbed by King reported that three men entered his home and robbed him at gunpoint of $1,600 and a quarter pound of marijuana. The location of the man’s home was not disclosed in the ISP probable-cause affidavit.

The man reported that the day before the robbery, a juvenile friend set him up with King, who was, supposedly, interested in buying pot. According to the affidavit, the man and King exchanged several text messages and set up a drug transaction at the man’s home Feb. 24.

The man reported receiving a text message from King that he had arrived at this home.

“[The man] said moments after [King] texted he was there, three males entered his residence and two of them were armed with handguns,” according to the affidavit. “He said they pointed the handguns at him and told him they were there for his money and marijuana and to not cause a problem or he would be shot.”

The man told police his grandfather, who suffers from dementia, was in the upstairs of the home watching TV and playing with a dog when one of the armed men approached him.

“He said [the grandfather] asked the suspect why he was there an the suspect pointed the gun at him and told him to shut up or he would be shot. [The man] said upon hearing this, [his grandfather] began to cry,” according to the affidavit.

The man claimed he and his grandfather were held at gunpoint as the home was rummaged through and two of the suspects went into the basement and stole the marijuana and $1,600.

On March 3, the man was presented a photo line-up and identified King as one of the armed suspects who had entered the basement of his home during the robbery.