Lima teens charged in armed robbery await hearings


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Surveillance video captured a robbery in progress at the Bluelick Road Clark gas station in Lima in May.

Surveillance video captured a robbery in progress at the Bluelick Road Clark gas station in Lima in May.


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Source: Video courtesy of Allen County Sheriff’s Office

Robbery at Bluelick Road Clark gas station in Lima, Ohio, on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

LIMA — Two juvenile males are still awaiting hearings in Allen County Juvenile Court for their alleged roles in the May 30 armed robbery of a Bluelick Road convenience store.

One of the teenagers reportedly discharged multiple shots from a handgun in the direction of an Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputy several hours after the incident.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 1 in juvenile court for Zyshon Stiggers. A probable cause hearing for Duran Tyson Jr. — who is alleged to have discharged a handgun at Deputy Barry Friemoth — has been set for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 7, according to a juvenile court spokeswoman.

The two 17-year-olds, along with Tapanga Ray, 18, were taken into custody May 31 following the armed robbery the previous evening at the Clark gas station at 3350 E. Bluelick Road.

All three suspects were initially charged with one count of aggravated robbery, but Ray was released from jail two days later after the charges against her were dismissed. Tyson and Stiggers remain housed at the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center.

Surveillance videos taken from inside the gas station show two black males — one of whom brandished a weapon — entered the store at approximately 9:56 p.m. May 30. One assailant pointed a gun at the clerk, who fell to the floor with his hands up. The two men then went behind the counter and took an undetermined amount of cash from the register and cigarettes before fleeing in a black vehicle, authorities said at the time.

A short time later, the males believed to have been involved in the robbery were observed in a black Ford Focus in the 1100 block of Reese Ave. A traffic stop was initiated by deputies on the same vehicle at the intersection of West Vine and South Broadway streets. Ray and Stiggers were inside the car at the time, and both were taken into custody.

Deputies continued to monitor the Reese Avenue residence, and at approximately 2:50 a.m. Tyson was observed walking in the area. After seeing a marked sheriff’s cruiser, the juvenile “began to flee toward his residence,” according to a statement from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy observed Tyson and ordered the teenager to stop, at which time “Duran turned toward the deputy and fired multiple rounds” at the officer, Sheriff Matt Treglia said at the time.

At least two bullets struck an unmarked cruiser, and at least one round struck a residence. Friemoth did not return fire but did chase Tyson into his Reese Avenue home.

The perimeter of the home was then secured by the Allen County SWAT team, deputies, Lima police officers and troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. At approximately 4:44 a.m. Tyson exited the home, escorted by his mother, and was taken into custody without further incident.

Surveillance video captured a robbery in progress at the Bluelick Road Clark gas station in Lima in May.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_Robbery-Submitted.jpgSurveillance video captured a robbery in progress at the Bluelick Road Clark gas station in Lima in May.

By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

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