Man pleads not-guilty to purse-snatching incident

By Alexandra Newman -

SIDNEY — The man accused of robbing and dragging a woman through the Sidney Food Town parking lot in October pleaded not-guilty in Shelby County Common Pleas Court last week.

Gene Patrick Agnew, 42, at large, was indicted in November on one count of aggravated robbery, a felony of the first-degree, after he allegedly, on Oct. 28, 2015, while driving in his truck, grabbed a 86-year-old woman’s purse in a grocery store parking lot, dragging her, causing serious physical harm.

The victim said she was walking to her car when a white Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck pulled alongside her, the driver grabbed her purse, and drove away. The woman was dragged a short distance by the truck.

A week later investigators from the Sidney Police Department, working in conjunction with investigators from the Lima Police Department, were able to identify Agnew as the person allegedly responsible for the crime. Both agencies put forth investigative efforts to solidify their suspicions, which included Sidney officers conducting around-the-clock surveillance at a location Agnew was known to frequent in Sidney.

He was being held in an Allen County holding facility charged with one count of aggravated robbery on an incident he was believed to be involved with in Lima. Investigators from Sidney and Lima learned that Agnew was a likely suspect in multiple robbery-type incidents occurring in Sidney, Wapakoneta and Lima areas, police said at the time.

In late February 2016, Agnew was found guilty of two counts of robbery in Allen County Common Pleas Court and sentenced to four years prison and ordered to pay $277 in restitution.

No further events have been scheduled in his Shelby County case. Agnew is currently being held in The Shelby County Jail.

By Alexandra Newman

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.