North Platte Police have released the details that led to the quick apprehension of three suspects in an armed robbery on Tuesday morning.
According to Investigator John Deal, the North Platte 911 Center received a report of an armed robbery at the Kwik Stop, 101 Platte Oasis Parkway, at around 12:18 a.m.
The clerk at the store reported that a man, later identified as 21-year-old Joshua Collins, entered the store wearing a costume-type mask. The clerk reported that he then brandished a handgun and demanded cash. The clerk complied and handed over the nearly $100 that was in the cash drawer. Collins then allegedly left without incident.
Investigators viewed surveillance video and were to identify the vehicle used in the robbery, which Deal said had a few unique features which assisted in the identification. Officers also found one unfired ammunition cartridge near the business.
On Tuesday afternoon, a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle’s description was located parked in an alleyway, behind a residence in the 400 block of West 1st Street. An officer was able to look into the vehicle and see ammunition that was the same as the cartridge found at the crime scene.
Officers approached the residence where they made contact with two males, Collins and 21-year-old Rex Eby.
After getting consent to search the residence, officers located a mask and other items allegedly worn by Collins during the robbery. They also located more ammunition the matched the unfired round found at the scene.
Collins and Eby were both transported to the police department for questioning.
During questioning, investigators learned that the handgun used in the robbery was in a vehicle owned by 21-year-old Nicholas Robison. Officers made contact with Robison at his place of employment and located the handgun in his vehicle.
Robison was detained and taken in for questioning.
Based on the interviews, police allege that Collins was the suspect who entered the store and committed the actual robbery. They say Eby provided the handgun that was used and Robison drove the vehicle used to transport Collins to and from the store.
According to Deal, one of the suspects indicated that the cash drawer taken in the robbery had been thrown in an area near the 1000 block of South Willow Street. An officer responded to the area and recovered the cash drawer.
The three men were arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center.
Collins has been charged with felony robbery, Eby has been charged with being an accessory to a felony and Robison has been charged with aiding and abetting robbery.
Deal said it is not believed that any other suspects are involved.
UPDATE (4/19/16 5:10 p.m.)
North Platte Police have released more details on the Tuesday morning armed robbery, and they’ve reported a third arrest.
According to Investigator John Deal, Collins is suspected of entering the store and pointing the gun at the clerk. Eby is suspected of providing the handgun Collins used in the robbery, and 21-year-old Nicholas Robison is suspected of driving the vehicle that dropped Collins off before the robbery and picked him up afterward.
Investigator Deal said more details will be released tomorrow.
Check back for updates.
UPDATE (4/19/16 4:40 p.m.)
Two 21-year-old men have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of Kwik Stop on Tuesday morning.
According to jail records, Joshua Collins has been charged with felony robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony, and Rex Eby has been charged with being an accessory to robbery.
Police have not released any further details at this point. We will update you as this story develops.
The North Platte Police Department in investigating an armed robbery that took place early this morning.
At around 12:18 a.m., officers responded to Kwik Stop, 101 Platte Oasis Parkway.
A clerk at the store reported that a male subject had entered the business, brandished a handgun, pointed at him, and demanded that the clerk give him the money in the cash drawer.
According to Investigator John Deal, the clerk complied and handed over the approximately $100 that was in the drawer.
The suspect then left without further incident.
The suspect was wearing a costume-type mask during the robbery, according to Deal, to disguise his identity.
Officers reviewed surveillance video and were able to identify a suspect vehicle.
Currently, officers are interviewing possible suspects and expect to have more information tomorrow.
We will provide more details as they become available.
A North Platte man has been arrested, accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend over a period of two weeks.
On April 17, at around 8:32 p.m., North Platte police responded to the report of a prior domestic disturbance in the 1400 block of Rodeo Road.
Officers met with a 41-year-old female, who alleged that her boyfriend, Antonio Morales, had assaulted her on numerous occasions during the previous two weeks.
The officers reported that the female had “bruises all over her body.”
The victim also alleged that Morales refused to let her leave the apartment and, at one point, had brandished a knife and threatened to kill her. She was able to escape the residence when Morales left, at which time she contacted police.
Police were able to locate Morales and place him under arrest. He was jailed on charges of use of a weapon to commit a felony, felony false imprisonment, felony terroristic threats and 3rd-degree domestic assault.
Additionally, Morales was also suspected of stealing a flat-screen television from Walmart on April 16.
According to Investigator John Deal, Morales was also charged with that crime as well, and the television was recovered.
Officers also recovered the knife Morales allegedly used to threaten the victim.
Morales is being held at the Lincoln County Detention Center.
An 18-year-old North Platte woman will have extended visiting hours at the Lincoln County Detention Center after she allegedly brought marijuana and methamphetamine into the facility.
On April 12, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a warrant for Katie Schumacher.
At the time, Schumacher was visiting an inmate at the jail via the Video Visitation System.
Deputies made contact with Schumacher and placed her under arrest for the warrant.
A subsequent search of Schumacher’s bag revealed several items of contraband, including marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, and several pills, later identified as Alprazolam.
As a result, Schumacher was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana, less than one ounce.
According to Chief Deputy Roland Kramer, more charges may be added, pending the results of laboratory tests.
Bond for Schumacher has not been set.
A 26-year-old North Platte man is facing charges after he allegedly bit a North Platte Police officer.
At around 4:08 p.m., on April 8, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of South Willow Street to check the welfare of Joshua Foust. It was reported to police that Foust had contacted people and told them he was going to commit suicide.
According to Investigator John Deal, officers made contact with Foust and determined that probable cause existed to believe that he was a danger to himself.
Officers attempted to convince Foust to go to the hospital for treatment, however, he refused to cooperate and was placed in emergency protective custody.
As officers attempted to place him in handcuffs, Deal said Foust intentionally bit one of the officers on the hand, causing a three to four-inch abrasion.
Foust was transported to Great Plains Health and held for observation.
On April 11, Foust was released from the hospital and placed under arrest.
He was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and charged with felony 3rd-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He also had two active warrants for failure to appear.
Bond was set at ten percent of $50,000 on the assault charge.
A North Platte man is facing felony charges after he allegedly took a break to smoke some meth.
On Thursday, at around 6:29 p.m., North Platte Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the 400 block of North Dewey Street.
The witness reported that the vehicle was parked in a strange manner and the man inside was seen hitting a clear glass pipe.
An officer contacted the male in the vehicle and identified him as 52-year-old Danny Reeder.
According to Investigator John Deal, Reeder admitted to smoking meth out of a pipe and surrendered the pipe and a powdery substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Deal said Reeder is also a registered sex offender and the registry indicated that he lived at a residence in the 400 block of North Dewey Street. However, Reeder reported that he was homeless and no longer lived there.
Because he did not notify law enforcement that he no longer lived at the residence listed on the registry, Reeder was charged with failure to register as a sex offender, in addition to the felony possession of methamphetamine charge.
Reeder was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center.
A 23-year-old North Platte man has been accused of providing alcohol for a minor, then raising a ruckus in the street when officers tried to issue him a summons.
At around 9:25 p.m., on April 7, North Platte Police received information that there was alcohol being consumed by minors at a residence in the 1200 block of West 10th Street.
Officers arrived at the residence and made contact with Benjamin Clark. According to Investigator John Deal, Clark advised that he did not live at the there, however, another subject who did live at the house gave officers consent to search.
During the search, officers located alcohol and “signs that a party had taken place” in a the garage.
Officers located a female in the garage, 19-year-old Desiray Stryker, who had allegedly been consuming alcohol provided by Clark. Officers cited Stryker for minor in possession of alcohol and went to speak to Clark.
Deal said when officers told Clark that he was receiving a summons for procuring alcohol for a minor, he became belligerent and began yelling profanities in the street, refusing to provide information needed for the summons.
As a result, Clark was arrested and jailed instead of being cited and released.
Clark has since bonded out of the Lincoln County Detention Center.