PLAINS TWP. — Township police arrested four people on charges they robbed a man at the Red Roof Inn in retaliation for placing a woman in a hallway after she overdosed on heroin, according to court records.
One of the four arrested impersonated a police officer by using an armed forces security badge, court records say.
Police arrested Ryan McGovern, 30, Tiffany Pramick, 30, Kaila Sadie Robinson, 27, and Brandon Kocher, 26, when they were spotted turning into the entrance to the Seven Tubs Natural Area on state Route 115 just after 7 a.m. Saturday, about eight hours after the robbery at the Red Roof Inn.
According to the criminal complaints:
A motel manager told police three men and two females were involved in a fight in Room 310 and left in a Ford Crown Victoria at about 11:14 p.m. Friday. The manager provided police with the Ford’s license plate number.
The occupant of the room, Omar Samuel, told police he heard a knock on the door and when he looked out the peephole, he recognized Robinson.
Robinson told Samuel she left her belongings in the room but Samuel refused to open the door. Samuel alleged those with Robinson yelled they were police and put a badge in front of the peephole giving Samuel the impression it was a law enforcement badge.
When Samuel opened the door, he claimed two men rushed inside the room and shoved him to the floor, forcing his hands behind his back. Other people entered and ransacked the room, allegedly stealing cash, a laptop computer and two cell phones.
Just after 7 a.m., a police officer spotted a Ford Crown Victoria turn into the Seven Tubs park entrance.
Police said McGovern, Pramick, Robinson, Kocher and two other people occupied the Ford, which had a different license plate attached over the license plate that matched the number given by the motel manager.
Kocher allegedly told police McGovern received a phone call from Robinson Friday night. Robinson was upset that she overdosed on heroin in Samuel’s motel room and she was put in a hallway, the complaint says.
Kocher claimed they picked up Robinson near Kidder and Mundy streets, Wilkes-Barre, and drove to the motel to retrieve her belongings. Kocher told police he used his U.S. Navy badge when he identified himself as a police officer to Samuel, the complaint says.
Police said they recovered a U.S. Navy Security Forces Badge from Kocher’s pocket.
McGovern, Pramick, both of Plains Township, and Robinson, of Swoyersville, were charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of simple assault and theft. Kocher, of Philadelphia, was charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, impersonating a public servant, theft, and illegal use of display documents.
They were arraigned Saturday by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail each.