Sus­pect in Tay­lor rob­bery also ac­cused in Luzerne County thefts

The Times-Tribune - - Local - BY JOSEPH KOHUT AND CLAY­TON OVER

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: jko­hut@timesstri­; 570-348-9144; @jko­hutTT on Twit­ter; cover@timessham­; 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.

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