LIMA — Bond was reduced Wednesday for one of two Lima teenagers who robbed a Lima convenience store at gunpoint in the summer of 2019.
ZyShon Stiggers, who was 17 at the time of the incident, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday as his attorney asked for a reduction in his bond as well as a 12-hour leave from the county juvenile detention center to attend the funeral of his grandmother.
Stiggers was indicted on charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Both counts include specifications for the use of a firearm.
Judge Jeffrey Reed granted the temporary leave and reduced Stiggers’ bond from $75,000 to $50,000 cash or surety.
Stiggers was one of two juveniles charged as adults in connection with an armed robbery that took place at the Bluelick Road convenience store. His co-defendant, Duran Tyson Jr., 17, was sentenced last November to up to 40 years in prison for the robbery and for discharging his weapon at Allen County Sheriff’s Deputy Barry Friemoth early the following morning as police investigated the robbery.
Surveillance videos inside the gas station show two black males — one of whom brandished a weapon — enter the store at approximately 10 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 cash from the register and cigarettes before fleeing in a black vehicle, authorities said.
A short time later, the suspects were observed in the 1100 block of Reese Avenue. Deputies continued to monitor the vicinity, 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 court documents.
Friemoth observed Tyson and ordered him to stop, at which time the teenager fired multiple rounds at the deputy. Friemoth did not return fire but did chase Tyson into his Reese Avenue home.
The perimeter of the home was secured by the Allen County SWAT team and other law enforcement personnel. At approximately 4:44 a.m., Tyson exited the home, escorted by his mother, and was taken into custody without incident.
Stiggers was identified as the other suspect in the armed robbery. It was stressed during Wednesday’s hearing that he was not in possession of the firearm used in the crimes.