Posted: 5:09 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013

Robber’s earlier victim helps catch him in another theft

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Dee Ann Lipp was arrested Friday, March 15, by Trenton police. She has been charged in connection with two robberies in the parking lot of the Walgreens drug store in Trenton.
Robber’s earlier victim helps catch him in another theft photo
Joseph S. Hilliard was arrested Friday, March 15, by Trenton police. He has been charged with two robberies in the parking lot of the Walgreens drug store in Trenton.

By Ed Richter

Staff Writer

TRENTON —

A man who who attempted to rob a woman Friday in the parking lot of a drug store didn’t count on being spotted by a woman he had robbed in the same spot just a few days before.

Trenton police said the woman who was robbed Monday happened to be passing by the Walgreens at West State Street and Wayne Madison Road about 7:10 p.m. Friday when she saw the man in a gray hooded sweatshirt standing at the corner of the building.

Police said the woman, who was driving with her boyfriend and her adult son, said the guy looked like the guy who had robbed her of her purse last Monday. She turned into the lot. As they entered, they saw the man attack a woman as she attempted to get into her car.

The first victim’s boyfriend and son jumped out of the car and ran across the parking lot to rescue the woman being robbed, police said. They held the man until police arrived.

Joseph S. Hilliard, 25, of Middletown, has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of robbery. He is being held without bond at the Middletown City Jail. Hilliard is scheduled to be arraigned in Middletown Municipal Court at 9 a.m. today.

Later Friday evening, Trenton detectives arrested Dee Ann Lipp, 24, of Trenton, after their investigation discovered she was involved in both robberies. Lipp was charged with one count of complicity to aggravated robbery and one count of complicity to robbery. She also is being held without bond at the Middletown City Jail and also is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in Middletown Municipal Court.

The first victim told Trenton police she was robbed of her purse about 7:33 p.m. last Monday at the drug store parking lot. The suspect fled and police called in a K9, but were unable to locate him.

 
 

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