Woman charged in candy robbery

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A Wasilla woman is under arrest, accused of robbing seven trick-or-treaters for their candy on Halloween.

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Amber Martin, 20, is charged with six counts of robbery and seven counts of assault.

She was taken into custody Friday night after Houston police stopped her vehicle for an equipment violation, Alaska State Troopers said in a written statement.

Authorities said a truck passed the costumed children Wednesday on Talkeetna's Main Street, made a U-turn, returned and stopped. Two people wearing ski masks got out, fired a gun shot into the air and threatened the children, then took six bags of candy and an iPhone.

The children gave troopers the truck's license plate number and said the masked suspects appeared to be women, according to an affidavit by investigator Chris Long that was filed with court papers.

Troopers are looking for another suspect but that person's name was not immediately released.

Two 24-year-old men - Aaron Tolen of Wasilla and Michael Scott Wilson of Anchorage - were arrested Wednesday night after a truck like that described by the children was spotted at Latitude 62, a bar and restaurant, the affidavit says.

Both men had guns, according to the affidavit. The men were taken into custody on other charges, but neither has been charged with robbery.

Wilson told troopers that Martin and another woman showed up at a cabin where the men were and said they'd robbed some children, according to the affidavit. The document said Wilson reportedly "became irate and an argument ensued. Wilson and Tolen left the cabin and went to Latitude 62."

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