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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:00 am

Woman pleads to role in 2 robberies

Visited homes as a hired escort; facing 12 years

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman Monday admitted taking part in two separate home invasion robberies last year.

Amber Lunsford, 26, was with a group who robbed two men in their homes Aug. 11 and Aug. 27, according to court documents. In both cases, the residents were tied up and held at gunpoint while items including jewelry and cash were stolen.

A computer, watches, gold collectibles, eight boxes of pennies and $10,000 in cash were taken in the Aug. 27 robbery, investigators said.

Police said Lunsford knew the men because she had been contacted by them through online ads for escorts.

She was charged with burglary, armed robbery and criminal confinement in both cases. She also faced a kidnapping charge in the Aug. 27 robbery.

Lunsford admitted her role in both robberies in an interview with police in December but said she was forced to take part by her boyfriend, Tyray Bradley, a probable cause affidavit alleged.

She pleaded guilty Monday in Allen Superior Court to two counts of robbery and criminal confinement. A plea agreement calls for her to spend up to 12 years in prison.

Bradley, 21; Maleya Morris, 20; and Vincent Morris, 29; each are charged in the Aug. 27 robbery. Vincent Morris, who is wanted by police, also is charged in the Aug. 11 robbery.

Victims in both cases told police similar stories.

Each “had recently entertained females from internet escort sites,” the affidavit states. Later – six months later, in one case – the group showed up at the homes of the men and demanded money.

The victim in the Aug. 11 robbery answered the door about 10 p.m. to find two women and two men on his porch. A gun was pointed at his head, and money was taken from his wallet.

Cash and other items were taken from a safe inside the home after the victim was forced to give robbers the combination, police said.

“Don't move or I will (expletive) kill you,” a member of the group allegedly told the victim.

In the Aug. 27 robbery, the victim awoke about 1 a.m. to find two men with flashlights in his home. Two women arrived, and the victim was forced to open a safe and a gun safe, from which “numerous guns and items” were taken, court documents say.

The victim was tied up using an extension cord and placed into his SUV, investigators said. The victim and at least one of the robbers drove to two banks, where about $800 was withdrawn.

The victim was dumped in an alley, and his vehicle was driven away, a probable cause affidavit states.

Lunsford is scheduled to be sentenced May 10.

mleblanc@jg.net