4 arrested after armed Taylorsville robbery

TAYLORSVILLE – Police arrested four people after a fast food employee reported an armed robbery near a Taylorsville convenience store.

Nino Pullins, 20, Indianapolis, was arrested on charges of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Edinburgh Deputy Police Chief David Lutz said.

The incident happened about 6 a.m. Tuesday when a 56-year-old employee of the nearby McDonald’s restaurant was walking toward Thornton’s convenience store, at U.S. 31 and Market Place Drive, near the Edinburgh Premium Outlets, Lutz said.

A car that had earlier gone through the restaurant’s drive-thru stopped near the employee, and the female driver, later identified as Jacqueline Montgomery, 21, of Indianapolis, made a sexual proposition to the employee, Lutz said.

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As the man walked away, a man identified as Pullins got out of the back seat, approached the employee and pointed a gun at the victim’s chest, Lutz said. The robber wanted his money, credit cards and cell phone. The man gave him his phone and less than $20, Lutz said.

When the victim said he didn’t have a billfold, the suspect became agitated and raised the gun to the victim’s face, Lutz said.

After the victim continued to tell Pullins he didn’t have a wallet, Pullins got back into the car and the vehicle left, Lutz said. The victim, who was not hurt, called police.

Johnson County sheriff deputies spotted a vehicle matching the description traveling north on U.S. 31 at a high rate of speed near the south side of Franklin, Lutz said.

The car was stopped near West Jefferson Street, Lutz said. Pullins was sitting on the victim’s money and cellphone — with the gun found at his feet, Lutz said.

Franklin police, Indiana State Police and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted at the scene.

Pullins was considered especially dangerous because he was one of two men charged with murder and robbery in connection with a July 20, 2015 killing of a 16-year-old Indianapolis resident, Lutz said.

Both he and another man were originally accused of killing Bryvonte Lee because they didn’t like the $100 price of a shotgun the teenage victim was trying to sell them, according to court documents.

The other suspect faces trial on the murder and robbery charges next week in Marion County, but charges against Pullins were dismissed, according to court records.

Pullins and Montgomery are being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail.

Montgomery and another Indianapolis woman, Mya Johnson, 18, were arrested on charges of assisting a criminal, jail officials said.  A similar preliminary charge was filed against a 17-year-old female who was also in the car, Lutz said.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against the four suspects accused in the armed robbery.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.