Crime

Couple are accused of stealing 16-year-old's iPod at gunpoint

Adam Duff
Adam Duff

A 16-year-old boy was robbed at gunpoint at a local Waffle House by people he met online, police say.

The victim told police that he met Tia Leavell, 20, on Facebook and had arranged to meet her at the North Broadway restaurant to buy a cell phone from her Friday night, according to police documents filed in Fayette District Court.

The boy, who was not named, said Leavell approached his car in the Waffle House parking lot and asked if he was the person she was supposed to meet.

He told police that a man later identified as Dominique Duff, 18, then jumped out of the bushes, ran up to the car, pointed a silver gun at him and demanded his money. The victim said Duff grabbed his iPod, and Duff and Leavell ran away.

A police officer saw the two together at the corner of Circle Drive and Judy Lane, and Duff fled, according to court records. He and Leavell were both arrested on Freeman Drive. The iPod was found on Duff, and the gun was found behind a garage Duff ran past.

Duff is charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree fleeing and evading police and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held on $15,500 bond. Leavell is charged with first-degree robbery and is being held on $10,000 bond. Both are scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Monday.

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