RALEIGH — A 50-year-old Raleigh man was in the Wake County Detention Center on Monday morning, being held on $15,000 bail and awaiting a court appearance on a common-law robbery charge in an incident that police said involved 47 cents.
According to an arrest warrant obtained by Raleigh police on Saturday, Michael Anthony Koward, who lists a home address at 2721 Avent Ferry Road, had assaulted a woman by putting her in fear of bodily harm and took 47 cents from her.
That language is taken from state law. The charge implies that police did not think Koward had a weapon, or he likely would have been charged differently.
Nonetheless, common law robbery is a G felony for which punishment ranges from eight months through 36 months for offenders with the worst records.
Before Saturday, Kowards record shows he had been arrested five times since 2012 for trespassing and twice for open-container alcohol violations.
He has a 2011 conviction for having drug paraphernalia, state prison records show.