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Palmyra man arrested for armed robbery

Palmyra man arrested for armed robbery
Palmyra man arrested for armed robbery
Austin Tyler Wilson

A man whom police say committed several felonies, including burglary, robbery, theft and criminal confinement, was arrested Saturday after he had been at-large nearly a week.

Austin Tyler Wilson, 22, of Palmyra, is being held in the Crawford County Jail on charges of burglary, Level 2 felony; robbery and criminal confinement, both Level 3 felonies; interference with reporting a crime, Level 5 felony; and theft over $750, Level 6 felony.

On Jan. 19, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 300 block of S.R. 62 West in English. The victim said around 3:30 a.m. three masked men entered his home and woke him up by tapping on his chest with a gun. They demanded to know “where are the drugs and money.” One of the men took the victim into the living room with a gun to his head. After telling them he did not have drugs or money and telling the men “you either need to shoot me or get the (expletive) out of my house,” the burglars gathered all the cell phones they could locate and left, getting into what appeared to be an F350 pick-up truck.

Both the victim and another person in the home believed he recognized one of the men as being Wilson.

The sheriff’s department posted about the incident on its Facebook page the next day, asking for information from the public, but warning that Wilson was armed and dangerous. The post generated several tips.

Officers located Wilson in Palmyra and made the arrest Saturday.