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Woman’s moxie credited with thwarting robbery

A 63-year-old woman who refused to give up her purse and then used her Bluetooth as a defensive aid on Wednesday was instrumental in helping police arrest a 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound man who tried to rob her outside a Big Lots store.

Dustin Macy, 26, of Urbana, was arrested about seven minutes after the attempt that occurred at about 5:28 p.m. in the parking lot of the store, 747 Scioto St., Chief Matt Lingrell said in a statement from the Ubrana Police Division.

According to the preliminary investigation, police were notified about a robbery in progress and were given the description of a suspect and the vehicle he used to leave the scene.

The woman, also of Urbana, told police a man confronted her when she parked and got out of her vehicle to go into the store. The man approached and demanded that she give up her purse, she told police.

She said she refused and told a person she had on the line via her Bluetooth that she was being robbed.

Her assailant made a second demand for the purse, she told police, but then he got into a vehicle and left when she refused again and continued to give out details about the suspect via her Bluetooth.

Officer Jeff Roberts, one of the responding officers, saw the vehicle and followed it to South Main Street. He stopped the vehicle on South Route 68, in the parking lot of the Dance Studio, and arrested Macy at 5:35 p.m.

“Police credit the calmness and composure of the victim and her valuable suspect and vehicle description she provided to them as they were responding to the crime,” Lingrell said in a statement to media.

The woman identified Macy as her assailant. He was arrested and taken to the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.

He is to make an initial appearance Thursday in Champaign Municipal Court on felony robbery charges.

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