Victims In W-B Shooting Face Lackawanna Robbery Charges
Two Scranton women shot during a February robbery in Wilkes-Barre turned themselves into Blakely police Thursday on charges stemming from an armed robbery of a 16-year-old in January.
Nichole Renee Santiago, 21, Scranton, who was paralyzed from the waist down during what police called a botched drug robbery on Feb. 12, is accused of dropping off Adam Matthew Miller, 18, in Blakely on Jan. 6 to meet up with the teenage victim.
Blakely police said Miller met the unidentified victim on Facebook and developed a relationship. After asking the victim for gas money to give to Santiago on Jan. 6, Miller noticed she was carrying a lot of cash and began messaging Santiago, police said.
“We should rob her,” Santiago told Miller, according to the criminal complaint.
Santiago then involved her fiancee, Alanah Rose Sobrinski, 19 — who was shot in the back during the Wilkes-Barre robbery — and their friend, Gavin Michael Kuplinski, 22.
As Miller and the victim walked down River Street in Blakely around 6:30 p.m., Sobrinski and Kuplinski approached them and demanded their money. Police said Kuplinski had a knife and Sobrinski had a stun gun.
Miller and Kuplinski fled, leaving the victim with Sobrinski, who tried to shoot the teen with the stun gun. The victim told officers she gave them all the cash she had in her backpack, around $50.
Police found Miller at his home, 433 N. Saint Francis Cabrini Ave. in Scranton. At first, he denied playing a role in the robbery but police watched surveillance footage that did not back up his statements. When questioned again, he confessed to the robbery, giving details about the conspiracy amongst Santiago, Sobrinski and Kuplinski, police said.
Police filed criminal charges against him in January. Bail information was not available Thursday.
Kuplinski, who also confessed, told police that Santiago said Miller “set up his girlfriend to be robbed” and that he “had done this before.” He told officers that Sobrinski gave him the knife and a trench coat to wear during the robbery.
Santiago and Sobrinski would later be involved in a plot to rob a marijuana dealer in Wilkes-Barre, according to Wilkes-Barre police. However, Santiago said she was hired to drive the other suspects and she had no idea what they planned.
Santiago, of 132 S. Filmore Ave., Scranton; Kuplinski, of 2311 S. Webster Ave., Scranton; Sobrinski, of 820 Eynon St., Scranton; and Miller each face charges of robbery, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and related counts.
Sobrinski’s and Santiago’s preliminary hearings are scheduled for April 22 at 11 a.m.. Kuplinski’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16 at 11 a.m. Bail was not immediately available.
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