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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Judge sets $250,000 bond for Steinhart Park robbery suspects

  • Otoe County Judge John Steinheider set $250,000 bonds for suspects in a June 27 robbery of three Nebraska City youths in Steinhart Park.Samuel Mier-Nava, 25, and Cynthia Cashman, 23, both of Topeka, Kan., made their first apperance in court after their arrest June 27 at Plattsmouth.The alleged vi...
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  • Otoe County Judge John Steinheider set $250,000 bonds for suspects in a June 27 robbery of three Nebraska City youths in Steinhart Park.
    Samuel Mier-Nava, 25, and Cynthia Cashman, 23, both of Topeka, Kan., made their first apperance in court after their arrest June 27 at Plattsmouth.
    The alleged victims say Mier pulled a gun and Cashman produced a knife while demanding cash and personal belongings.
    Laura Boeche, a 22-year-old shift supervisor at a Nebraska City restaurant, said a gun was pointed to her friend's head and she shouted out that she had $400 in her car.
    She said Mier and Cashman demanded that the three jump into Steinhart pond and swim to the middle. They searched her car, slahed its tires and drove away while the youths were in the water.
    At the court appearance Thursday, Otoe County Attorney David Partsch said Mier and Cashman appear to have been traveling through town. He said neither has an extensive criminal record, but said the charges are serious.
     
    Each is charged with 12 counts, including robbery, false imprisonment and terroristic threats.
    "The three victims were held up at gunpoint and knifepoint. It is not something we expect to see in a small town. It is a crime of violence that reflects a dangerousness this defendant posess to the public," he said concerning Mier's bond.
    Judge Steinheider asked Mier if he had anything to say regarding the setting of bond.
     
    "The gun was not loaded," Mier said before the judge interrupted him.
    The judge said Mier will have a lawyer to discuss the facts of the case and said he was asked only about the setting of bond.
     
     
     
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