Crime

Group uses social media to rob victims, Mt. Sterling police say

Amber E. Duncan
Amber E. Duncan

Four people have been arrested after Mount Sterling police said they used social media to meet victims and rob them.

Mount Sterling police posted on their Facebook page that Jonathan J. Garrett of Winchester, Nathan R. Miller of Lexington, Amber E. Duncan of Mount Sterling and an unnamed minor have been arrested in connection with a string of robberies.

Police said the four used social media to arrange meetings with victims and then robbed them during the meetings. The suspects took money and other possessions then released the victims unharmed, police said. Victims were threatened with retaliation if they contacted police.

Garrett, Miller and Duncan were each arrested on three counts of first-degree robbery. Duncan was also arrested on one count of kidnapping. Garrett and Miller have been charged with three counts of kidnapping, and police said they are expecting additional charges. Police said the minor was arrested on similar charges.

All four have been lodged in the Montgomery County Regional Jail.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley

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