A 40-year-old defendant waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges he robbed a tobacco and liquor store in Joplin and held a store employee at bay with a knife.
Paul A. Seibel waived the hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin and was ordered bound over for trial on charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland set Seibel’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for April 1.
The defendant is accused of taking two 24-pack cases of beer from the Discount Smokes store at 1817 S. Main St. on Jan. 10 without paying for them. When a store employee confronted him about the matter outside the business, he allegedly pulled out the knife and advised the other man to leave him alone. Police were called and Seibel was stopped and arrested a block from the store.
At the time, the defendant was homeless, according to court records.