Suspect in Taylor robbery also accused in Luzerne County thefts
The man accused of robbing a Taylor convenience store Tuesday morning is also a suspect in robberies in Luzerne County, borough police said.
Borough police filed robbery, assault and related charges against Russell Meyer, 26, homeless, stemming from the heist at a convenience store on the 200 block of South Main Street, borough police Chief Stephen Derenick said Tuesday.
Officers responded there at about 11 a.m. and learned the robber had fled in a car, Derenick said.
Moosic police spotted the vehicle at Davis Street and Birney Avenue near the Scranton border when Meyer tried to flee on foot, he said. Police arrested him
after a short foot chase, he said. Officers recovered some of the money taken during the robbery, Derenick said.
The car, which carried two other people, fled from the scene after Meyer ran on foot. Those people, Howard Phillips, 49, and Michelle Shotwell, 23, both of Kingston, turned themselves in to Kingston police later on Tuesday, Derenick said.
Meyer said nothing as Taylor officers escorted him from the borough police station to a waiting patrol car to travel for processing on the charges. He’s a suspect in other robberies in Luzerne County, Derenick said.
Online court dockets show Plains Twp. police filed robbery and theft charges against Meyer on Tuesday.
Meyer is held at Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21.
Phillips and Shotwell will be charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit theft and flight to avoid apprehension, Derenick said. Contact the writers: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9144; @jkohutTT on Twitter; email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter
Taylor police escort Russell Meyer, 26, homeless, Tuesday from the borough police station to a waiting patrol vehicle. Meyer is suspected of robbing a convenience store on the 200 block of South Main Street in the borough earlier Tuesday.