Couple charged in local robbery

Lebanon police charged a Hendersonville couple in connection with a Lebanon purse snatching. James M. Plumlee, 25, and Martha I. Goucher, 33, both of Hendersonville, were charged Tuesday on outstanding indictments relating to a July 17 robbery at the Kroger at 1418 W. Main Street in Lebano...
Oct 31, 2012


Martha Goucher


James Plumlee

Lebanon police charged a Hendersonville couple in connection with a Lebanon purse snatching.

James M. Plumlee, 25, and Martha I. Goucher, 33, both of Hendersonville, were charged Tuesday on outstanding indictments relating to a July 17 robbery at the Kroger at 1418 W. Main Street in Lebanon, according to Chief Scott Bowen.

According to police, a female shopper was loading groceries into her truck when a woman approached her from behind and demanded the shopper’s purse, threatening to harm the shopper if she did not comply. The woman grabbed the shopper’s purse, but the shopper fought back and struggled with the woman, according to Bowen.

While the two were struggling, a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows pulled alongside them, and the woman entered the vehicle, still holding onto the purse. The shopper, still trying to hold onto the purse, was pulled to the ground and dragged a short distance as the vehicle left, according to Bowen.

Security cameras in the parking lot captured video of the robbery.

“It’s one of those crimes that we definitely take notice of when we have somebody dragged down in the parking lot," said Bowen.

Officer David McKinley found the vehicle identified from the security video the next day, but police needed additional evidence, said Bowen. The victim pulled some of the woman’s hair during the struggle, so police decided to run DNA analysis, according to Bowen.

The crime did not meet criteria necessary for TBI to provide the DNA analysis, so Lebanon police decided to outsource the analysis.

“We felt that it was a violent enough crime,” said Bowen.

Goucher and Plumlee were indicted in the October term of the grand jury, after DNA analysis was completed.

Goucher and Plumlee remained Tuesday in Wilson County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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