A suspect in the case of a carload of three females who allegedly accosted and robbed two EKU co-eds Aug. 30 has been arrested by police.

Layota D. Jones, 27, of Turpin Drive, was charged with second-degree robbery in connection with the alleged strong-armed robbery that occurred at 2:15 a.m.

Police say at that time, two female victims, ages 19 and 20, were walking on Woods Trail in the Argyll Subdivision when they were approached by three females in a vehicle.

“The driver of the vehicle asked the two female victims if they had any beer,” Sgt. Willard Reardon of the Richmond Police Department said. “The two female victims indicated that they did not and kept walking.”

Shortly thereafter, two of the suspect females in the vehicle jumped out of the car and began assaulting the two other woman, police said.

During the assault, the victims allegedly were robbed of various personal possessions.

“They took a number of items from the victims, including wristlets that each of them had, along with a cellular telephone,” Reardon said. “Their EKU student identification cards were also taken. One female also had her flip-flops stolen off her feet.”

Police say the two victims were able to escape to one of their apartments on Woods Trail, where they then notified the police.

Neither victim suffered any injuries in the incident.

During the follow-up investigation, Officer Jason Spalding identified Jones as one of the females involved in the attack. A warrant was then obtained for her arrest and she was taken into custody and is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center. At press time, Jones bond had yet to be set.

Robbery in the second-degree in a Class C felony, which is punishable by five to 10 years imprisonment upon conviction.

The other two female perpetrators are still at large.

Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@richmondregister.com or by phone at 624-6694 or 893-2341.

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