LIMA — Two men are in custody after allegedly taking part in a Sunday night armed robbery at the Lima West Apartments at 1855 N. Cole St.
According to a statement from the Lima Police Department, officers were dispatched to the apartment complex at approximately 7:15 p.m. in reference to a robbery in apartment 67. The residents reported they had been robbed at gunpoint by an unknown white male who was wearing sunglasses and a bandana over the bottom half of his face.
There were three people in the apartment, at the time of the robbery, police said. One of the subjects was Shawn Russell, 22, of Lima, who fled the scene prior to officers arrival, along with two females, whose names are being withheld by police.
Early on in the investigative process, Russell was suspected of being complicit to the robbery and officers began searching for him, according to the statement. Shortly thereafter, police were able to identify the masked robber as Joseph Swinehart, 20 ,of Lima.
Investigators subsequently located both Russell and Swinehart in a vehicle on the lot of The Lima Estates Apartments, 760 E. Fourth St., and took the men into custody for suspicion of robbery.
The pair were arraigned Wednesday through the Lima Municipal Court’s video arraignment procedure, police said.
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