WB robbery fugitive found hiding in closet

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A man wanted on charges he took part in the alleged armed robbery of two women lured to a drug buy earlier this year has been captured.

City police said they apprehended William J. Lynn, 24, hiding behind boxes inside a closet of a residence on East Chestnut Street on Sunday.

Lynn’s girlfriend, Samantha Lynn Loughney, 25, was charged with hindering his apprehension, police said.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Lynn on April 30, after a 19-year-old woman from Nanticoke and an 18-year-old woman from Plymouth claimed they were lured to a North Grant Street apartment by Lynn to buy drugs.

According to the criminal complaint:

The two women told police they were contacted on social media by Lynn asking if they wanted to buy Percocet. They met Lynn in the area of Amber Lane and South Sherman Street, and followed him to the apartment on North Grant Street.

Lynn allegedly showed the women a bag of pills and asked them to go inside the apartment to make the deal.

Once inside the apartment, the women claimed another man inside shut the door and brandished a handgun.

One of the women claimed she was separated from her friend and taken into a room and was told at gunpoint to strip her clothes. When she refused, Lynn reached into her shirt and removed cash from her bra, the complaint says.

The other woman told police another man took her into a room and demanded money while brandishing a handgun. She shook her shirt, indicating she wasn’t hiding money in her bra.

Lynn and the two other men, who have not been identified, ran out of the house and sped away in a vehicle.

Police said surveillance cameras recorded the women, Lynn and two men at the apartment.

On Sunday, police went to Loughney’s East Chestnut Street residence looking for Lynn.

Loughney allegedly told police she is pregnant had not seen Lynn for nearly a month. She claimed Lynn packed a bag and left.

Loughney permitted police to search her apartment when Lynn was found hiding in a closet, the complaint says.

Lynn and Loughney were arraigned by District Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston.

Lynn was charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

Loughney was charged with hindering apprehension. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.


By Ed Lewis

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