According to New Boston Police, William Howerton, 65, was standing in his back yard near the alley behind his home in the 3200 block of Rhodes Avenue on Nov. 17, 2010, when two men approached and demanded his wallet. When Howerton refused, the suspects shoved him to the ground and took his wallet from his pants pocket.
Howerton received injuries to his leg from being knocked to the ground, police said.
Meanwhile, Noah Bloomfield, 19, is already being held in the Scioto County Jail in connection to Portsmouth robberies. On Friday, New Boston Police Capt. Steve Goins was questioning Bloomfield with assistance from Det. Jodi Conkel of the Scioto County Sheriff Office regarding his involvement in home invasion robberies that occurred at 4244 Spruce St. in New Boston on Feb 16, and at 314 ½ Ohio Ave. in New Boston on Feb. 17.
Police said Bloomfield confessed to both home invasions, and also confessed that he and James Pigg, 30, of Portsmouth robbed Howerton in November.
Bloomfield will now face additional grand jury charges from New Boston Police when his case is turned over to the Scioto County Prosecutor this week. Police said Pigg is still on the run and his current whereabouts are unknown.
New Boston Police — with assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Portsmouth Police Department, Scioto County Sheriff and Court Probation Officers — have already searched several locations for Pigg over the last couple of weeks, and believe he is still in the Scioto County area.
Police warn that any person who harbors, or gives shelter or aid to Pigg in any way will also face arrest for second-degree felony obstruction of justice.