Teen indicted on armed robbery charge

Published 12:25 pm Monday, April 28, 2014

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A 19-year-old Alabaster man will be arraigned on multiple felony charges, including armed robbery, on April 29 after he was indicted by a Shelby County grand jury in early April.



The grand jury reviewed the details of the charges against Justin Edward Catlin during its March session and returned indictments on felony charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

Catlin, whose address is listed on 13th Street Southwest in Alabaster, was arrested by the Alabaster Police Department on Nov. 20, 2013, and charged with the three crimes.

The arrest came a few days after Catlin allegedly assaulted a homeowner on Bare Tree Drive in Alabaster during a Nov. 16 robbery at about 1:05 p.m., Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said previously. The victim in the case suffered non life-threatening injuries in the incident, and was treated and released from Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

According to the indictment and police incident reports and Catlin’s arrest warrant, Catlin allegedly entered the victim’s residence armed with a pistol and stole a wallet containing about $325 and a cell phone from the victim.

After investigating the incident, Alabaster police located Catlin in Birmingham and arrested him on Nov. 20, Rigney said.

In December 2013, Catlin requested youthful offender status in the cases. As of April 28, Reeves had not approved Catlin’s request for youthful offender status.