One of three suspects in a strong armed robbery that took place just outside of Miami on Sunday, July 30 has been captured through the efforts of members of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd first brought the robbery to the public’s attention in a morning social media post on Monday, July 31.

From his personal Facebook account and later on the official sheriff's department page, Floyd laid out the basic details of the robbery and asked for the community’s assistance in providing any additional information on the three suspects identified as Melanie Blackburn, Jeremy Pogue, and Joshua Hollon.

Before the end of Monday night, Hollon was in custody and is currently being held at the Ottawa County Jail.

As of presstime on Thursday, Aug. 3, Ottawa County Undersheriff Dan Cook confirms Blackburn and Pogue are still being sought.

Blackburn and Pouge are considered armed and dangerous. Floyd said civilians should not contact or approach them.

Persons with information about the two individuals, or about the crime, are urged to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 918-542-2806.

The crime

Sometime before noon on July 31, Melanie Blackburn is said to have approached a man at an area casino requesting a ride home.

The man, whose name was not released by Floyd, agreed to give Blackburn a ride to a residence. 

Instead, Floyd indicated Blackburn led the victim to a remote area just outside of Miami where his vehicle was blocked from leaving by a white, four-door Nissan from which Holland and Pogue are said to have emerged armed with a weapon.

Approximately $25,000 in cash winnings from the casino was stolen from the victim, which he had won earlier that morning.

All three suspects fled the scene together and were chased for a time by the victim who struck the suspects’ vehicle several times before they got away.

In Floyd’s Facebook post on Monday, he advised the vehicle that is believed to have been used in the robbery was recovered by law enforcement with its interior stripped and damage to the rear that matched that on the victim’s car.