Teenager Indicted For Multiple Felonies Committed During Two Week Crime Spree

Posted on 10/12/2011

Defendant: Jason Watkins

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Jason Lamonte Watkins, age 16, in connection to four separate crimes that occurred between February 9 and February 23, 2011. Watkins has been indicted for six counts of Aggravated Robbery with Specification (F-1), six counts of Robbery with Specification (F-2), six counts of Kidnapping with Specification (F-1), two counts of Rape with Specification (F-1), and two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition with Specification (F-4), for a total of twenty-two counts. All of the six victims were strangers to the alleged defendant and all of the victims were approached at gun point while leaving stores, their cars or their homes. All of the crimes occurred around Livingston Avenue just east of downtown Columbus. “If Watkins is convicted on all charges, he faces in excess of thirty years in prison”, O’Brien stated. Arraignment for Watkins is set for Friday, October 14th, at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2A at 345 S. High Street.