U. SAUCON TWP., Pa. | Police following up on an incident at an Upper Saucon Township motel ended up arresting two people allegedly involved in a robbery.
Shawnta E. Carmon, of North 19th Street in Allentown, is facing robbery and conspiracy charges in connection with an Oct. 8 robbery at the Knights Inn motel in the 4900 block of Route 309. Police also charged Toccara Adams in connection with the robbery, but the 33-year-old is not yet in custody.
Upper Saucon Township Police, meanwhile, arrested 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. Tuesday 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 charged Carmon with single felony counts of robbery and conspiracy along with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property. District Judge Michael D’Amore arraigned the 38-year-old Wednesday morning, setting bail at $15,000.
Adams faces two felony counts of robbery 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. His bail was set at $5,000. Neither he nor Carmon managed to post bail.
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.