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February 11, 2014

Man, woman accused in robbery

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle man and woman are in custody for allegedly beating up a man and stealing his truck.

State police have charged Courtney Marie Probst, 20, of 413 McGrath Manor and Jonathon Benjamin Coates, 27, of 1208 Highland Ave. with one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery of a motor vehicle; robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery by inflicting bodily injury, robbery by taking of property by force, theft and simple assault in connection with the Feb. 2 incident on the city’s West Side.

Probst additionally is charged with harassment.

They were arrested Friday and are being held on $5,000 bond each in the Lawrence County jail.

According to court records, a man told police he had arranged with Probst to collect money that Probst’s roommate owed him. He picked up Probst and Coates in the parking lot of McGrath Manor and Probst told him to drive to a Neshannock Township grocery store, he reported.

When Probst exited the store, she told him she had the money and would pay him after he drove her to her aunt’s house, the man reported.

Probst then directed the man to Old Pulaski Road, then, claiming they were lost, asked him to pull into a driveway, he told police.

Stating that she had to call her aunt, Probst got out of the car and appeared to talk on the cell phone, then got back into the car and ordered him to “give us your stash,” the man reported.

When the victim replied that he had no “stash,” Coates began to choke him from the back seat and strike him in the head with a ratchet while Probst punched him in the face and stomach, according to reports.

The three then got out of the vehicle and continued to assault him, he told police.

He said they demanded his money, cell phone and his 2010 Sierra pick-up truck, then they drove away in the pick-up tuck, according to police. State police recovered the man’s truck three days later in the parking lot of McGrath Manor.

The two are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Central Court.

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