High school junior to be tried as adult for parking lot shooting

The case of a 16-year-old high school junior charged with shooting another teen in a robbery attempt in a Fairfield Twp. Walmart parking lot has been sent to adult court.

John Robbins was arrested on Jan. 23 at Colerain High School by Fairfield Twp. police three days after the incident at Walmart on Princeton Road. He was charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault in juvenile court.

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On Friday, Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft found probable cause for the charges and the case was sent to a Butler County grand jury for consideration. Because of Robbins’ age and the seriousness of the crime, it was a mandatory bind over to adult court after probable cause was established, according to Rob Clevenger, juvenile court administrator.

The teen is accused of robbing a 17-year-old and shooting him in the middle of a drug deal, according to police.

A 17-year-old was shot around 3 p.m. on Jan. 20 while he was in the driver’s side of a car in the Walmart parking lot on Princeton Road. The shot teen accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a shopping cart corral, according to police. The 17-year-old was treated and released from West Chester Hospital.

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