WARSAW — Two individuals have been charged with robbery and theft after stealing a vehicle from a female in the parking lot at Owens Supermarket.
Jennifer M. Davis, 30, no address listed, is being charged with robbery resulting in bodily injury, a level 3 felony; theft, a level 6 felony; and resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.
Matthew L. Prater, 41, 3104 E. Wooster Road #24, Pierceton, is being charged with robbery resulting in bodily injury, a level 3 felony; and theft, resisting law enforcement, intimidation and battery resulting in bodily injury, all level 6 felonies.
On June 28, officers with the Warsaw Police Department responded to a robbery in the parking lot of Owens Supermarket. At the scene, officers spoke with a female, who advised she was sitting in her vehicle when two subjects, later identified as Davis and Prater, came up to her vehicle.
According to court documents, Prater opened the driver’s side door of the vehicle and told the female to get out of the car or he would shoot her. Davis was standing on the passenger’s side of the female’s vehicle at the time of the incident.
Prater then grabbed the female’s ears and removed her from her vehicle. Davis and Prater then entered the vehicle and drove off, running over the female’s foot, causing injury. The female also complained of neck pain and scratches on her neck from being removed from the vehicle.
Officers requested an attempt to locate the stolen vehicle and an officer with the Winona Lake Police Department observed the vehicle in the area of Kings Highway and 15th Street in Winona Lake. When the officer activated his vehicle’s emergency lights, Prater and Davis fled in the vehicle. The vehicle then stopped at Kings Court and Prater and Davis fled the area in different directions.
An officer with the Warsaw Police Department located Davis, who advised that taking the vehicle was Prater’s idea because he wanted to get out of town. Inside the vehicle, officers located a backpack. Video surveillance showed Prater entering Owens Supermarket with a backpack similar to the one found in the vehicle.
Davis was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on June 28, with a $20,250 surety and cash bond. A warrant has been issued for Prater’s arrest.