Police have revealed new details about an armed robbery at the Verizon Wireless store in Lebanon April 25.
Verizon employees were ordered at gunpoint to lie face-down while one suspect zip tied their hands behind their backs, and another loaded cell phones into a white bag in the store on North Lebanon Street, according to court records.
Timothy Cottrell Jr., 25, and Kaeron Ray, 22, both of Indianapolis, left in a rush with a white bag when a customer came to the store, and the customer, Byron Brown, described them to police according to a probable cause affidavit.
The pair wove in and out of traffic on Camp Street at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in Cottrell’s car and crashed into another car at Lafayette Avenue, police reported.
The men ran into Hoosier Estates mobile home park, where police pursued and arrested them, according to court records.
Police immediately found a stolen handgun and a white trash bag containing numerous cell phones in Cottrell’s wrecked car, according to court files.
Verizon employees Joshua Snodgrass and Kyle Elliot said Cottrell and Ray entered the store just before noon and demanded cell phones at gunpoint, police reported. Elliott said each suspect had a gun and he and Snodgrass were on the barrel ends, according to court records.
Cottrell and Ray are being held in the Boone County Jail and are scheduled for August trials.
Both are charged with armed robbery, resisting law enforcement, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, theft and two counts of criminal confinement.
Cottrell was convicted of two counts of robbery in Marion County in 2015.
Ray was convicted of two counts of burglary in Marion County in 2017. He was charged with armed robbery in Hendricks County in March.