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Pair arrested after weekend robbery

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Diners at two fast-food restaurants reported a robbery and attempted robbery within minutes of each other over the weekend.

Christopher A. Wilson, 29, of 3199 W. County Road 300W, Winchester, was arrested on charges of battery and robbery. Jimmy Lee Coates, 27, of 916 W. 11th St., Muncie, was arrested on charges of battery, three charges of theft, resisting arrest, false reporting and reckless possession of paraphernalia.

Customers at a restaurant on Main Street in Greenwood called police just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday after a man ran up to the passenger side of their car and tried to get in.

The customers locked the door and drove out of the parking lot, a Greenwood Police Department report said.

As police were searching the area, another man told officers he had been robbed in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant across the street.

He had asked a man in a truck if he was interested in selling the vehicle. He told police one of the men from the truck punched him in the side of the face, pointed a gun at him, took his money and then drove away, the report said.

Police searching the area found Wilson, who was identified as the passenger in the truck, at a nearby coffee shop.

Later Saturday night police found Coates, who had been driving the truck, and interviewed him about what had happened. He wasn’t arrested, the report said.

About 9 p.m. Sunday, police were called to Walmart, 1133 N. Emerson Ave., after employees said a man tried to steal a BB gun, another Greenwood Police Department report said.

The man ran to a nearby store and started trying to change into some of the store’s clothes. As police were searching the area, they received a call that someone was robbing a woman in the parking lot of the Walmart.

Police traced the call to Coates’ number and suspected he was trying to create a distraction so he could leave the area, the report said.

Police found Coates running through a nearby field and used a Taser to stop him. Officers found a glass pipe that smelled of burned marijuana in Coates’ pants, the report said.

Wilson and Coates were taken to the Johnson County jail. Wilson was being held on $18,000 bond, and Coates was being held on $13,000 bond.

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