Third suspect arrested in cellphone robberies

Lashi Lewis

ELKHART — A third suspect has been arrested for a string of cellphone thefts that left two people hurt.

Lashi Lewis, 19, of Elkhart, faces two counts of robbery resulting in injury, a Level 3 felony, and one count of misdemeanor theft in connection with a series of alleged incidents in January and February 2018. She was arrested Tuesday on a warrant issued in December with bond set at $150,000.

Also charged in the scheme are Vandre Pittman, 21, and Davon Pompey, no age given, both of Elkhart. Police say they contacted a series of victims over Facebook about buying phones from them, but during the arranged meet-ups they took the devices without paying.

Pittman, who faces the same charges as Lewis, was arrested in early January and is awaiting an April 15 jury trial. Pompey pleaded guilty to theft as a Level 6 felony and received a 2-1/2 year suspended sentence in September.

One victim, a 13-year-old boy, reported being dragged down the road by a fleeing SUV when a woman inside wouldn’t let go of him, while another said she was pushed to the ground, kicked and threatened with a handgun. One victim identified Lewis by a photograph and another victim identified Lewis and Pompey.

Police also obtained photos of Lewis cashing in two of the victims’ phones at a cellphone trade-in kiosk shortly after each alleged crime.

Pompey allegedly told police about the scheme when he was questioned in March 2018. He said he, his cousin, Pittman, and Pittman’s girlfriend, Lewis, all knew the plan each time they went to steal a phone.

At the time of Lewis’ initial court hearing Thursday, her lawyer filed a request that her bond be reduced from $150,000. He notes in the motion that she turned herself in on the warrant, that she’s unable to post the bond amount that was set and that she’s pregnant with a due date in May.

A bail review hearing was set for March 14.

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