GREENVILLE – On Aug. 2, at approximately 11:05 p.m., the Greenville Police Department, with assistance from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, responded to 612 E. 4th St., Greenville, on a report of a burglary in progress. Just prior to the officer’s arrival, the suspect fled on foot out the back door of the residence. The 90 year old female victim reported knowing the suspect by a false name and had been scammed out of money twice in the past three weeks by him.
On this particular night the suspect returned and asked to use the restroom and she refused. He then told the victim that he had the money he owed her and she let him in the residence at which time the suspect obtained a weapon from the house and began threatening the victim’s life if she didn’t give him $40. The suspect then took $2 the victim had in her Bible. The victim was able to get out of the house and yell for help and was helped a neighbor. The victim was treated by Greenville Area Emergency Rescue for non-life threatening injuries.
The Greenville Police Department quickly developed a suspect and on Aug. 4 arrested Randy L. Hofacker, 53, of Greenville, for Aggravated Robbery. Hofacker is being housed at the Mercer County Jail.
On Aug. 5, a 1st degree felony Aggravated Robbery complaint was issued by the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office and filed with the Darke County Common Pleas Court.
Anyone with information regarding a crime is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department, 548-4150 (option 2), or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tip line, 547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.