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Feds arrest sister, girlfriend of Twinsburg officer's killer

11:01 PM, May 1, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Mid-morning Tuesday, U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott confirmed to WKYC that the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Bridget Robinson, 36, of Bedford Heights, and Danielle Roberson, 27, of Akron.

Robinson is the sister of Ashford L. Thompson, convicted in 2010 of killing Twinsburg police officer Josh Miktarian in July 2008. Roberson is Thompson's girlfriend.

Both women were indicted Monday on multiple felony charges of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence in regard to the killing of Miktarian about 2 a.m. July 13, 2008 in Twinsburg during a traffic stop for loud music coming from Thompson's car.

Miktarian made the traffic stop and was in the process of handcuffing Thompson, the driver, when Thompson shot him multiple times, then drove off with the handcuffs still on one wrist.  

When Miktarian didn't respond to radio calls from the police dispatcher, Twinsburg and Solon police officers converged on his location and found him lying on the ground, shot multiple times.

Police later learned that Thompson was hiding in his sister's house in Bedford Heights and went there and arrested him.

Miktarian died while being taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center, leaving behind his wife, Holly, who was then an Oakwood police officer, and their 3-month-old daughter, Thea.

A jury found Thompson guilty of killing Miktarian and Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Elinor Marsh Stormer sentenced him to death on June 23, 2010.

His execution has been stayed while he appeals his conviction.

Roberson was in the car with Thompson when the July 2008 shooting occured.

Robinson was arrested mid-morning Tuesday in a home on Glenallen Drive in Solon and Roberson was arrested at 713 E. Market Street in Akron at the same time.

Both were taken to Cuyahoga County Jail., where they remain, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department spokesman John O'Brien confirmed to WKYC.

Robinson was charged with two counts of obstructing justice, two counts of attempted obstruction of justice, and two counts of tampering with evidence, all of which allegedly took place on July 13, 2008.

Roberson was charged with two counts of obstructing justice and one count of tampering with evidence.

They are both scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 2. No bond has been set, according to court records.

The night of the killing, Roberson allegedly lied to police and also allegedly tried to help Thompson get the handcuffs off Thompson's wrist while police were looking for him.

The night of the killing, Robinson was living in Bedford Heights and that's where Thompson fled to after gunning down Miktarian.

Robinson allegedly lied to police that he was there and also allegedly tampered with the gun he used to shoot and kill Miktarian.

Neither has an attorney listed in court records.

Miktarian was 33 when he was shot.

Holly Miktarian sat through Thompson's entire trial and did not speak until the sentencing day, when asked by Stormer if she had something to say.

On her Facebook page Tuesday, Holly posted the following when she heard the news:

"The sister and girlfriend of (Thompson) ha(ve) been officially arrested with felony charges involving the murder of my husband! It has been a long time coming and finally we are here. Forget my last post, now I'm having a GREAT DAY"

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