Purse robbery hearing continued
SHAMOKIN - A preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning for a 44-year-old Shamokin woman accused of committing a strong armed robbery that was foiled by five teens was continued at the request of the arresting officer.
Tonya Marie Williams, of 19 E. Independence St., Apt. 2, will now appear at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25 before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on two felony counts of robbery involving the Jan. 19 early-morning robbery of an unidentified 49-year-old city woman.
Gembic granted the continuance request by Cpl. Bryan Primerano.
Williams remains incarcerated at Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
She is accused of pulling a purse from the victim and banging her against a wall near Lincoln and Eighth streets before attempting to flee.
The victim told police five teens riding in a Jeep on Eighth Street came to her rescue by intervening in the robbery and chasing and detaining Williams until police arrived.
The teens were commended by Primerano and Chief of Police Edward Griffiths and later honored by city council with certificates of appreciation for their heroic actions.
The teens who assisted the victim are Brennan Bruce, 18; Chelsie Cossari, 20; Michael Lorenz-Koons, 19, and Mason Dumond, 15, all of Shamokin, and Alex Witcoskie, 19, of Marion Heights.
Williams told police she committed the robbery to support her crack cocaine addiction.