A North Platte man has been charged following a robbery early Wednesday morning.
According to Investigator John Deal, North Platte Police responded to a robbery in the 800 block of North Jackson at around 3:25 a.m. on Wednesday.
Officers met with two victims who reported they were in their residence when they heard pounding on the front door. When they answered the door, there was nobody there. A short time later, they heard pounding on the back door. Before they could open it, the door was forced open and two suspects entered the home.
One of the suspects was armed with a handgun, which he pointed at the victims, and the other was armed with what is being described as a club or baton.
Deal said the suspects ordered the victims to give them a safe. When the victims indicated there was not a safe in the residence, one of the suspects allegedly put the gun against one of their heads and demanded that they hand over the safe. Unable to locate a safe, the suspects took less than $500 cash along with some other property and fled the scene.
One victim told police that they were familiar with one of the suspects, and identified him as Jim Bob Cassell. Deal said Cassell and the victim had resided together at one point.
Police located Cassell on Thursday and placed him under arrest. He’s been charged with burglary, terroristic threats and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He is being held at the Lincoln County Detention Center on ten percent of $250,000 bond.
The second suspect has not been identified.