by Sam Clanton
FORSYTH, Mo. – A Springfield man accused of trying to forcefully steal a car in downtown Branson is bound over to Taney County Circuit Court for arraignment.
Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Acord waived his preliminary hearing this week and is scheduled to appear before Judge Tony Williams on January 18th. He remains incarcerated in Forsyth on a cash-only bond of 100-thousand dollars.
With help from the department’s K-9 unit, Branson Police tracked down Acord and arrested him the night of November 25th, after he and a second suspect, 23-year-old Raymond Tatum of Buffalo, allegedly threatened a young woman from Harrison with handguns and tried to take her car.
An officer arrested Tatum at the scene of the hold-up, on Main Street west of Veterans Boulevard, after a passerby witnessed the incident and assisted the victim. Officers later found Acord hiding under a deck of a home in a nearby neighborhood.
Police recovered the handguns and determined they were BB guns.
Both men are charged with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Tatum is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 22nd.