LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette couple is looking at multiple felony charges this week after police say they robbed a man by threatening him with a baseball bat.
According to court documents, just before 10:30 p.m. this past Wednesday, the Lafayette Police Department (LPD) received a report of a robbery.
LPD officers interviewed a man who said he was on South Third Street when a car pulled over next to him and a black man got out with a baseball bat in his hands.
The victim said the man came up to him, holding the bat, and told the victim to give him everything he had. LPD says the victim expressed his fear at being confronted by a man with a bat.
The victim told officers the man took his cell phone and wallet, which had some money and personal papers.
LPD says the robber then ran back and got into the passenger side of the car that had pulled up. The car, according to the victim, was being driven by a woman.
Court documents say during a check of the surrounding area, one of the LPD officers noticed a car in a nearby apartment complex parking lot with a bat propped up in the front passenger seat of the car.
Officers outside the complex, Hidden View Apartments (1508 Holloway Drive), said they noticed a black man run upstairs to an apartment with the apartment's tenant.
Officers called to them, saying the tenant should send out the man and anyone else who was up there. The tenant sent two people out, identified by police as 23-year-old Yodanny Reynoso Carrasco and 19-year-old Kaitlyn B. Perez, both of Lafayette.
Court documents explain how officers advised Perez of her rights and she agreed to speak with them. Officers said Perez admitted she and her boyfriend, Carrasco, were involved in a robbery.
Perez told officers she had hidden the victim's items in their friend's apartment. Officers say they found a wallet and cell phone in the apartment that were later confirmed by the victim to be the stolen possessions.
Perez consented to a search of her vehicle and officers took custody of the bat.
In a later interview, police say Perez admitted to deciding to rob someone with Carrasco while driving around, because she needed money.
Perez said the two had been driving on Third Street when they saw a man talking on his cell phone. She said they stopped and confronted him, and that she handed the bat to Carrasco, which had been in the backseat of her car.
Police say Perez admitted the couple's intent was to scare the man to the point that he would give them all his property.
Perez said after the robbery, they got back into her car and she drove away to their friend's apartment, where they hid the stolen belongings.
The two face charges three felony charges each: conspiracy to commit robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony; robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony; and theft, a Class D felony;
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