JEFFERSON — With a Jefferson County jury finding Watertown’s Anthony Alba not guilty Friday on charges related to an alleged armed robbery and armed burglary, Alba’s attorney said today his client is simply glad to be back home with his family.
The acquittal of Alba occurred Friday in the courtroom of Jefferson County Branch III Circuit Court Judge J.R. Erwin.
In late July, Erwin entered pleas of not guilty on Alba’s behalf to one count each of armed robbery and armed burglary in connection with an incident July 6 in Watertown.
The incident itself ended when Alba, 26, of 1616 Neenah St., was stabbed with a sword. The stabbing was followed by a stand-off with the Watertown Police Department.
According to a criminal complaint generated by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Watertown Police Department, officers were dispatched to 114 Stimpson St., Apartment 18, at approximately 12:49 a.m. July 6 for a reported armed robbery in which the alleged perpetrator of the crime, Alba, was injured.
At approximately 8:15 a.m. the next day, July 7, Watertown police made contact with Alba’s girlfriend, Ilene Hinojosa, who told them initially that Alba was not home and she did not know how to find him.
She later admitted Alba was at his 1616 Neenah St. home and confirmed he had a stab wound to his abdomen and that it was still bleeding. She also said she attempted to treat the wound.
Watertown officers went to Alba’s residence and made multiple attempts to get him to come out, but he did not respond.
Police obtained a search warrant for Alba’s home, which was executed at approximately 11:34 a.m. July 7. Alba was taken into custody without incident and transported to Watertown Regional Medical Center for treatment to his stab wound that appeared to have entered his abdomen and exited out his back.
Alba’s attorney, Michael Witt, today told the Daily Times that the acquittal “was based on the fact that none of the complainants were telling the truth,” either in court, or when they were interviewed by the Watertown Police Department regarding the matter.
“I think that ‘very relieved’ would describe how Mr. Alba is feeling right now,” Witt said. “He said he was at the residence to purchase drugs, but I’m not sure that (the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office) is going to bother prosecuting him for attempting to purchase them.”
Witt said he was glad the jury gave Alba the chance to tell his side of the story and “the acquittal was the appropriate outcome of that.”