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4 arrested after failure of befriend-and-rob scam

By Deangelo McDaniel · 340-2469

Two men and two women who allegedly hatched a plan to lure men to other locations and rob them were in the Morgan County Jail on Sunday, each charged with three counts of first-degree robbery.

The scheme unraveled when an alleged victim pulled a handgun and one of the suspects dropped her identification in his bathroom while fleeing, according to Decatur police Sgt. Rick Archer.

Officers arrested Ashley Brooke Owen, 19, of 416 Hay Drive S.W., Apartment K-1, and Jerame Aprentice Cole, 20, of 415 Fifth Ave. S.W. at Owen’s apartment.

Archer said officers searched a garbage bin near the apartment and found a wallet belonging to a robbery victim.

Investigator Herb Lundy arrested Tyson Lavon Lampkin, 19, and Britney Nicole Ward, 20, both of 1514 Carridale St. S.W., Apartment 204.

Investigators alleged that the four robbed their first victim, a Hispanic male, between 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Archer said Owen and Ward lured the man from Cardinal Apartments on Mockingbird Lane to the Aquadome pool parking lot at 1202 Fifth Ave. S.W.

Once there, Ward and Owen got into the man’s vehicle, Arch-er said in a press release. He said Cole and Lampkin arrived and pulled a handgun. Owen and Ward got out of the victim’s vehicle and left the scene.

Cole and Lampkin went through the man’s pocket and removed his wallet and his cellular phone, Archer said.

About 11 p.m., investigators said, Owen and Ward approached two men in the parking lot of the Sports Zone nightclub on U.S. 31. Archer said the men invited Owen and Ward to a residence on Brenda Street Southwest.

After entering the residence, Archer said, Ward “made an excuse” to go outside so she could leave the front door unlocked.

Within minutes, Lampkin and Cole entered the residence and “accosted the men and demanded their money,” Archer said.

Owen and Ward fled, and Owen dropped her ID card, Archer said.

Lampkin and Ward were arrested because they were using the vehicle officers had a description of from the first robbery, he said.

“We believe we have recovered the handgun used in the robberies,” Archer said.

Cole, Owen and Ward were in the Morgan County Jail on Sunday in lieu of $30,000 bond each.

Lampkin, who had been out on bond for an unrelated robbery charge, had his bond set at $150,000.

In January, Lampkin allegedly used a BB gun and tried to rob James Middlebrooks when he left the Medicine Shoppe on Danville Road Southwest.

“We’re going to try to have a bond revocation hearing Monday,” Archer said.

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