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Lansford woman charged

Published November 23. 2012 05:02PM

Fallon Hill, 18, of 363 W. Patterson St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on Oct. 15 at 9:50 p.m. on Route 902. Charges of two counts of robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and harassment were filed by Officer Jason Helmer.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Helmer was flagged down by a woman in front of the police station. The woman, Christine Erbe, was visibly upset as she told Helmer that she was walking down Route 902 from Summit Hill to Lansford when a dark purple sedan pulled up behind her and the driver, whom she identified as Hill, got out and threatened to hurt her if she did not give her money. She saw that the passenger in the car was her ex-boyfriend, Michael Ruggiero, who sat in the car, laughing, as the events unfolded.

Erbe said Hill told her to empty her pockets and hand over a bag she was carrying. Hill took the bag, dumped it out and threw it in the road. She again threatened her.

Helmer also spoke with Rachel Bynon, who was walking up the hill to meet Erbe. Bynon said she saw a car speed up, then swerve over to Erbe and stop. She could hear talking, but could not hear what was being said. Bynon said she saw Erbe walk away from the car and pick up something as the dark purple car drove away.

Helmer then spoke with Hill, who said she knew why he was there, and admitted to having taken Erbe's identification. A dark purple Hyundai Elantra was parked in her driveway. Hill went to the police station, where she waived her Miranda rights and was interviewed.

Hill said she saw Erbe walking and pulled up behind her. She asked Erbe is she had any money because Erbe owed her $100. Hill said Erbe offered to allow her to search, and handed over her bag. Hill said she looked in the bag, grabbed Erbe's wallet, looked for money, took her identification and then left.

Hill denied making any threats.

Hill said that Ruggiero had taken Erbe's identification.

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