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Sunday, December 16, 2018 1:00 am

Brothers charged in robbery

Told police they were shorted in marijuana deal

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Two brothers were arrested and charged with armed robbery after they robbed two men at gunpoint, opening their victims' car door and striking them with their guns.

Dionta A. Young, 22, and Jesse Lee Snyder, 24, both of the same address in the 2000 block of East Tillman Road, were connected to the robbery Thursday just after midnight because Snyder dropped his state driver's license at the scene, court documents said.

Young told police he and Snyder had gone over to buy marijuana from the two victims who allegedly shorted them on the weight of the drug. The brothers went back to the victims' car and demanded the right weight or their money back, but they said the two sellers refused to comply.

Young said they took the men's cellphones, cash and a lighter, but swore they didn't pull any guns on them, court documents said.

After that alleged robbery, the two drove around in a 1991 white Cadillac with three other people. One of the passengers shot himself accidentally and was driven to the Lutheran Hospital emergency room.

At 1:10 a.m., an officer arrived at the hospital to investigate the shooting victim and in the lobby encountered Snyder, who had become “loud, unruly and rude,” bothering the other people there, court documents said.

The officer told Snyder to calm down and be quiet, but he continued to cause a disturbance and was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement after he kicked the officer who was trying to get him into the patrol car.

One of the officers arriving at Lutheran Hospital was in charge of guarding the Cadillac. Inside the car, they found two firearms and several cellphones belonging to the robbery victims. One officer at the original robbery scene had seen Snyder's license photo and realized he was one of the robbers, according to court documents.

During an interview, Snyder told police he didn't beat anyone, but he did not deny or comment on the armed robbery.

The brothers are both charged with two counts of armed robbery and battery by means of a deadly weapon. Snyder has additional misdemeanor charges for resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Snyder is being held in lieu of $30,750 bail and has a court hearing Tuesday.

Young is being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail and has a court hearing Wednesday

jduffy@jg.net