Man pleads guilty in Salem Taco Bell robbery attempt

LISBON –A man accused of trying to rob someone in line at the Taco Bell in Salem has pleaded guilty to a new but reduced charge during action this week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Victor J. Pappas, 29, South Range Road, Salem, pleaded guilty to aggravated menacing after the more serious charge of aggravated robbery was dropped as part of a plea deal reached with the county prosecutor’s office. He also pleaded guilty as charged to having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Pappas was accused of going to the Taco Bell on June 27, 2018, and demanding money from someone in another vehicle at the drive-thru window while wearing a mask and holding a Glock 19. After being stopped by police Pappas said he had only been joking. He had a concealed carry permit at the time.

Pappas is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 4.

In other court action, a secret indictment issued by the county grand jury was served on Amber E. Greathouse, 27, of Berlin Center, charging her with aggravated drug possession. She was allegedly found in possession of meth in the county on Nov. 30, 2018.