Botched Drug Deal Cited In Sunday Assault, Robbery

Jamestown police believe a drug deal gone bad resulted in Sunday’s assault and robbery of a male at the Charlestown Apartments on the city’s south side.

Two more suspects were charged Tuesday in the attack, including a Jamestown man and a woman from Warren, Pa. Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department expected no further charges or arrests.

“This last arrest should wrap this up,” Samuelson told The Post-Journal. “We don’t expect any other charges, but we’re still trying to dig through all of the details.”

Charged Tuesday were William D. Sloppy, 28, of Jamestown, with fourth-degree conspiracy, and Stacey L. Simmers, 31, of Warren, Pa., with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy.

Details of Sloppy’s arrest were scant. Simmers, meanwhile, was picked up around 1 a.m. Tuesday on East Second Street in the city. Arrest warrants for Simmers, who may have recently been living in New York, were issued out of Jamestown City Court.

Both Sloppy and Simmers were transported to city jail awaiting arraignment.

Police on Monday charged Malek A. Morley and Kyle R. Senear, both 18, with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fourth-degree conspiracy in the attack. Patrols were able to locate the teenagers shortly after they were observed fleeing the scene.

Morley and Senear were arraigned Monday and committed to Chautauqua County Jail. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Samuelson said it is believed the male victim, who has not been identified, met the four suspects around 11 p.m. Sunday at the Charles Street apartment complex for a drug deal.

The deal apparently went bad; the victim was stabbed in the knee and was hit with a bottle before being robbed, a police report said.

“We may never really know what happened, but it’s believed in my opinion this whole thing involved a drug deal gone bad,” Samuelson said.

“We’re still looking at all the different angles,” he continued. “It’s one of those things that makes our job very difficult sometimes. But we believed it was an arranged drug deal.”

It’s unknown if any charges will be lodged against the victim, who sustained only minor injuries in the assault. Samuelson said the victim was able to identify his attackers, which ultimately led to quick arrests.

“Our patrols were able to get a lot of information,” he said.