TAYLORSVILLE — Police arrested four people after a fast food employee reported an armed robbery near a Taylorsville convenience store.
Nino Pullins, 20, Indianapolis, was arrested on preliminary charges of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, said Edinburgh Deputy Police Chief David Lutz.
The incident happened at about 6 a.m. Tuesday when a 56-year-old employee who works at the nearby McDonald’s restaurant was walking toward Thornton’s convenience store, at U.S. 31 and Market Place Drive, near the Edinburgh Premium Outlets, Lutz said.
A car that had earlier gone through the restaurant’s drive-thru stopped near the employee, and the female driver, later identified as Jacqueline Montgomery, 21, of Indianapolis, made a sexual proposition to the employee, Lutz said.
As the man walked away, a man identified as Pullins got out of the back seat, approached the employee and then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim’s chest, Lutz said.
After demanding money, credit cards and cell phone, the victim turned over his cell phone and less than $20 cash, Lutz said.
When the victim said he didn’t have a billfold, the suspect became agitated and raised the gun to the victim’s face, Lutz said.
After the victim continued to tell Pullins he didn’t have a wallet, Pullins got back into the car and the vehicle left, Lutz said. The victim, who was not hurt, notified police about the incident.
After learning a description of the car, and that it was heading north on U.S. 31, Johnson County sheriff deputies spotted the vehicle traveling north on U.S. 31 at a high rate of speed near the south side of Franklin, Lutz said.
The car was stopped during a felony traffic stop as it approached West Jefferson Street, Lutz said. Pullins was found sitting on the victim’s money and cell phone – with the gun found at his feet, Lutz said.
Pullins and Montgomery are being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail after Tuesday’s incident, jail officials said.
Montgomery and another Indianapolis woman, Mya Johnson, 18, were booked on charges of assisting a criminal, jail officials said. A similar charge was filed against a 17-year-old female juvenile who was also in the car, Lutz said.
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