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Thursday, December 06, 2018 1:00 am

Woman facing counts in robbery, kidnapping

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

When the woman arrived at her client's home on Fort Wayne's southwest side, he'd changed his mind.

He didn't like her tattoos, the woman said. She asked for her $300 fee anyway because she said that was what was arranged and she'd come all the way from South Bend, according to court documents.

He ended up giving her $20.

Amber Lunsford, 26, of the 4900 block of Lima Road, was identified as the woman he had invited to his home and who later was one of four to rob him. She was charged Wednesday with three felonies.

Lunsford came back Aug. 11 with another woman and a couple of armed men. The victim answered the door around 10 p.m.

The next thing he knew he was face down on his dining room floor with the barrel of a gun to the back of his neck, court documents said.

One of the armed men took the victim's wallet with $500 in it and asked for the combination to his safe in the den, court records said.

After the victim's safe was opened, he was tied up with a scarf. The robbers then thought they might steal his late-model imported car, but couldn't figure out how to drive it.

“You push the button,” the victim said, still tied up on the floor, court documents said.

Once they were gone, he waited a few minutes and was able to pull a cellphone out of his front pants pocket and called 911.

The victim told police he knew the woman who rang the doorbell because he had contacted her through Backpage.com about six months before the robbery for a sexual encounter. Backpage.com is a well-known website for escort services and prostitution, court documents said. The woman said she'd been to his house on two or three occasions but had never had sexual relations with him because he was turned off by her tattoos.

There was no further contact until the night of the robbery, court records said.

“If you hadn't been rude to me, this never would have happened,” she reportedly told the victim, according to court documents.

The robbers took a laptop, watches, gold collectibles, eight boxes full of pennies and about $10,000 in cash.

They didn't take the car because Lunsford convinced one of the robbers the car would be too easy to track, she said.

Lunsford was arrested in a similar home invasion on the city's southwest side Aug. 27 with another individual who was a Backpage.com contact, court records said.

Investigators recorded a phone call from the jail between Lunsford and an outside contact, court records said.

“So what did you get yourself into this time?” the man asked Lunsford.

She replied: “Cuz, remember when I was with (man's name) and I told you about those robberies...?”

“Yeah, but I didn't know you were involved. I mean I knew you were there,” the man said.

Lunsford was charged Wednesday with burglary, armed robbery and criminal confinement. She was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail on those charges.

Lunsford is also charged with burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon and criminal confinement in the Aug. 27 incident. Bail in that case is set at $40,000.

That case is also set for a three-day jury trial starting Feb. 26, according to court documents.  

jduffy@jg.net