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Police and fire


1 of 2 suspects charged in stealing from woman

They approached in the middle of the night, just when the woman parked her car outside her home after work.

The two men asked the woman for a cigarette, but within seconds one had a gun to her chest. The other tried to get into her car, then reached in and snagged her purse.

One of the two ripped a necklace from her neck. They threatened to “blast” her as she begged for them to not kill her.

Now, one of those two men is facing prison time.

Allen County prosecutors formally charged 20-year-old Tyler M. McCoy with one count of robbery in connection to what happened to the woman July 13.

The woman told police a black Grand Am pulled up to her car as she parked outside her home at 1:25 a.m. The men, according to court documents, made off with $300 of her cash, her phone, credit cards and other items in her purse.

After they had done so, she followed them and called in their license plate number, according to Allen Superior Court documents. Earlier that night, there was a report of a similar robbery involving the same Grand Am.

A day later, McCoy was taken into custody on a parole violation for an unrelated charge.

An Allen County sheriff’s officer found an ID belonging to the victim of the earlier armed robbery in his pocket.

The woman in the second robbery picked McCoy out of a photo array as one of the men who robbed her.

A second suspect, identified in court documents, has not been charged.