A Drew County man arrested in early May for allegedly trying to run over another man was arrested again two weeks later for allegedly stealing items from a storage building.
Stephen Koble, 28, of Drew County, formerly of California, is facing aggravated assault charges as well as criminal trespass, theft and breaking or entering charges.
On May 2, Drew County Deputy Daniel Garrison was dispatched to U.S. Highway 425 North where witnesses said two men were engaged in a verbal altercation on the side of the highway.
One of the men, Koble, allegedly exited his vehicle and argued with a man walking on the shoulder of the highway before returning to his vehicle and driving into the ditch where he attempted to run over the man. The alleged victim, whose name was not disclosed in a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office, jumped into the wood line to avoid being struck by Koble’s vehicle.
Koble then drove away, travelling north on U.S. 425. A description of the vehicle was provided to law enforcement officials in Lincoln County where deputies stopped the vehicle. Koble was transported to the Drew County Detention Center where he was and booked for aggravated assault.
District Judge Bruce Anderson set Koble’s bond at $5,000. Koble was later released on bond.
Koble was again arrested on May 17 on unrelated charges.
On May 12, Drew County deputies Daniel Garrison and Brandon Wright were dispatched to Bordeaux Lane in Drew County where someone had stolen a number of items from a storage building. Witnesses reportedly observed Koble on the property in a black Ford truck with a California license plate. Witnesses said they saw the truck leaving the property in the early morning hours of May 12.
Drew County Chief Deputy Brian Slaughter arrested Koble on May 16. Koble was taken to the Drew County Detention Center where he was booked for breaking or entering, theft, and criminal trespass.
Koble was interviewed by Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober and Drew County Detective Rick Harvey. When he was arrested, Koble allegedly was in possession of a firearm, which had been reported stolen days earlier in Monticello, along with a stove, two dryers, and a rechargeable drill The items were returned to the owner.
At a first appearance hearing on May 17, Anderson set Koble’s bond at $25,000. Koble had not posted a bond as of May 28.