U. SAUCON TWP., Pa. | Authorities have arrested the third suspect in an October robbery at a Lehigh County motel.
Toccara Adams, of South Seventh Street in Allentown, faces robbery and assault charges in connection with an Oct. 8 robbery at the Knights Inn in the 4900 block of Route 309. Upper Saucon Township police charged the 33-year-old on Oct. 9, and she was arraigned Tuesday. District Judge Daniel Trexler set her bail at $25,000.
Police previously arrested Shawnta E. Carmon, of Allentown, on robbery and conspiracy charges and Gervais Willie Oglesby as he allegedly drove Carmon away from the motel, ignoring the officers in pursuit.
Officers were at the Knights Inn about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8 conducting a follow-up investigation on an unrelated matter, when an officer noticed a woman on surveillance video in distress, according to court records.
The woman came into the office moments later and told police there had been a robbery, motioning to a car that was leaving the parking lot, according to records. Police said they followed a black Honda as the driver weaved in and out of traffic and ignored their lights and sirens.
The driver, identified as Oglesby, eventually stopped, and his passenger, Carmon, told police that another man in the car had already jumped out, according to records.
During an interview with police, the victim reported that she had arranged a "meeting" with someone named "Eric" at the Knights Inn. When the black Honda pulled up, she spoke to two men in the car and invited them up to her room, according to police.
Once in the room, Oglesby reportedly received a phone call and immediately opened the door. That’s when Carmon and Adams allegedly punched the victim in the head and face several times, threw her to the floor and choked her. She told police that she managed to crawl halfway out the door and call for help.
The victim – who had bruising around her nose and eyes – told police two cellphones were stolen and that one of the men said “he should just go get his gun.”
Police said the victim identified Adams as one of her attackers and told police that she had a "prior interaction" with Adams a few weeks earlier. It's not clear from court records whether anyone else is facing charges in connection to the robbery.
Police charged Adams with two felony counts of robbery and single misdemeanor counts of theft, simple assault and receiving stolen property. She failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 31.
Carmon, meanwhile, faces single felony counts of robbery and conspiracy along with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property. Police charged Oglesby with fleeing and eluding and for driving with a suspended license and driving an unregistered vehicle.
Both remain in Lehigh County Jail awaiting status conferences next month.
In 2013, Carmon pleaded guilty to stealing from the late Linny Fowler for about four years. Authorities said she and her husband stole more than $1 million from the philanthropist for about four years. She was sentenced to three to six years in state prison.