Furr ordered that Jerry Alan Hicks Jr., 29, of Ashville remain in the St. Clair County Jail without bond after the defendant was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping.
“I didn’t rob them,” Hicks blurted out before the judge interrupted the defendant to advise him of his rights.
Furr denied Hicks bond after St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor told the judge that the defendant had three prior failures to appear in court charges, including one outstanding failure to appear charge stemming from a 2012 driving while suspended license case.
Hicks is also charged with attempting to elude police and reckless endangerment.
Minor said Hicks allegedly attempted to rob two women at Lakeside Park, with what the victims believe was a knife.
Minor said one female had marks on her neck and chin, which were allegedly made after Hicks grabbed her.
Minor said Hicks fled in a vehicle from the park and traveled east along Stemley Bridge Road toward Talladega.
Police pursued Hicks and speeds reached up to 90 mph.
Minor said Hicks drove straight toward the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team, who was assisting in the search of a missing man at the Stemley Bridge, which spans across Logan Martin Lake and connects Talladega and St. Clair counties.
He said the suspect stopped before reaching spikes that were positioned in the road.
At Thursday’s advisement, Furr appointed Ashville attorney Dale Stracener to represent Hicks in future court proceedings.
Furr also set an initial court date for Hicks for 9 a.m. Thursday, March 6.
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