David R. Vandebrake

David R. Vandebrake

MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man was found not guilty of allegedly pulling a knife on a grocery store security officer who was trying to stop him from leaving with stolen merchandise.

David R. Vandebrake, 29, was found not guilty of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, at the close of a one-day jury trial Tuesday in Knox County Common Pleas Court. The jury did find Vandebrake guilty of one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred Feb. 8, 2018, when Vandebrake attempted to steal an electric razor and razor blades from the Kroger grocery store in Mount Vernon. Kroger asset protection officer Jeff Shanyfelt testified that Vandebrake pulled a knife on him and threatened to kill him after he approached Vandebrake in the store parking lot.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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