NEW CASTLE — Three people are suspects in the robbery of two people trying to buy a car in Ellwood City.
A fourth woman has been charged for allegedly trying to shut police out of a house where one of the suspects was located.
Ellwood City police arrested Kevin Hurt, 24, of Aliquippa in connection with the incident. He is in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bond.
His two alleged accomplices, Tiffany Pounds, 18, of 104 13th St., and Caroline L. DeNome, 54, of 417 Seventh St., Ellwood City, are wanted on warrants.
According to police, two men called around 8 p.m. Thursday saying they had been robbed 20 minutes earlier while trying to buy a car. They said they had arranged with Pounds and another woman to look at a blue Chevy Cavalier.
They had gone to DeNome’s house, where one of the victims stayed outside to smoke a cigarette while the prospective buyer, Pounds and DeNome, the alleged car owner, were inside.
As they sat at the kitchen table to discuss sale terms, the man buying the car put his $2,000 on the table because it was the asking price, he told police. Then he noticed the title showed Ford, not Chevrolet, as the make.
Seeing that, he picked up his money but Pounds reached across the table and tried to rip it out of his hands, saying, “Give me my money, baby,” he told police.
The man said he wrestled with her and another man, later identified as Hurt, approached him from behind with a steak knife and grabbed him.
They struggled into the living room and the man said Pounds and the man with the knife kept punching and choking him as Pounds said, “Get my money, baby, get it back.”
The man buying the car said he had managed to get out the front door and handed the $2,000 to his friend. His friend fell off the porch with the money in his hand, and Pounds and Hurt punched and kicked him, they told police. The friend said that while he was on the ground, Pounds and Hurt went through his pockets and took $450.