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'Party' is actually a robbery

Friday, July 27, 2012

Two suspects have been charged and two others are being sought in connection with allegedly luring two men into a robbery with promises of sex.

McKenzie Drew Hickson, 18, of Russell Street and a 17-year-old girl were arrested Thursday, police said. Two male suspects were still at large this morning.

Hickson is charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of auto burglary and theft of property. She posted $45,000 bond Thursday, according to Bedford County Jail records.

Robbery plans

"The females conspired with two adult males to rob two males," Detective Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said. "The men wanted to rob them and the girls were used as decoys to get them to go to a location for sex favors and to party.

"When they arrived the men attacked. Both victims were able to get away."

Officers arrived at an Austin Avenue home shortly after midnight Thursday morning when a resident reported seeing two men striking two others with sticks as they chased them through his yard.

As officers were looking for the men, they discovered a nearby vacant home on Midland Road had been entered and a car with a broken window was parked outside, officer Chris Vest said. That home turned out to be the location where the robbery was to take place.

Man approached

Three men arrived at the home moments later and told Vest of the robbery.

"(One victim) said he met two females at the Kangaroo store on North Main Street around 10:51 p.m.," Vest said in his report. "He gave his number to (the juvenile) and approximately 30 minutes later she called to see if he still wanted to party. They started texting about sex and...made an agreement for $100 for both gentlemen."

The men said they were told to meet the females near Bedford County Agriculture Center and found them standing in the yard of the vacant home.

One of the men took $80 from his pocket and the 17-year-old "snatched it from his hand," Vest said.

Surprise attack

"At that time two men came from out of nowhere and started to throw punches," Vest was told. At that point the victims began running through the neighbor's yard and the male robbery suspects grabbed sticks and began striking them.

Surveillance video showed the victims seeking "help and a hiding place," according to Vest, at Walmart at 12:32 a.m. The video showed the young women entering the store at 12:37 and one of the male suspects at 12:38, police said.

The victims hid in the produce area after seeing the suspects enter, according to Vest. Video showed the suspects leaving in an older, silver Nissan Pathfinder, police said.

An iPod and the in-dash stereo were stolen from the victims' car at the Midland Road home, police said.