LIMA — One of two juveniles charged as adults in connection with an armed robbery at a Bluelick Road convenience store nearly 18 months ago appeared in court briefly on Monday.
ZyShon Stiggers, 19, is free on $50,000 bail awaiting trial on charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Both counts include specifications for the use of a firearm.
He is charged in connection with an armed robbery that took place at a Bluelick Road convenience store on May 30, 2019. His co-defendant, Duran Tyson Jr., 17, was sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for the robbery and for discharging his weapon at Allen County Sheriff’s Deputy Barry Friemoth the following morning as police investigated the robbery.
Stiggers’ attorney, Steve Chamberlain, in October filed a motion to suppress statements made by his client to investigators “because prior to accusatory questioning and/or custodial interrogation he was not properly advised of his … constitutional rights against self-incrimination and the right to an attorney.”
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rebecca King-Newman on Monday submitted as the state’s answer to that motion, a DVD containing the interrogation of Stiggers on May 31 at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. Judge Jeffrey Reed said he would issue a ruling on the motion after reviewing the DVD.
Chamberlain did confirm that plea negotiations with prosecutors are currently under way.
Surveillance videos inside the convenience store showed two black males — one of whom brandished a weapon — enter the store at approximately 10 p.m. that evening. 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.
Stiggers was identified, along with Tyson, as a suspect in the armed robbery, but he was not in possession of the firearm. Stiggers was 17 at the time of the incident.