BLOOMINGTON — A Heyworth woman offered harrowing details Tuesday of a March incident in which she allegedly was forced from her car by two armed men after she refused to drive them to Peoria.
Lindsey Hawkey, 20, testified at a jury trial in McLean County juvenile court for a teenager charged with aggravated robbery and robbery. He is accused of being involved in the March 13 incident that started after he asked Hawkey, a person he had met through mutual friends on Snapchat, for a ride.
The suspect was 17, and a minor, at the time of the incident. The Pantagraph does not name juveniles charged with crimes. Jurors were not told the suspect was a minor.
Hawkey said she went to Amanda Brooke Apartments on East College Avenue where the teen and 20-year-old Kemondrae King asked her to drive them to Chicago Heights. She said she did not know King, who faces armed robbery and weapons charges related to the incident.
According to Hawkey, the three drove more than two hours to the Chicago area where the men got out of the car for a short period of time before asking her to take them to Peoria. The men offered her $15,000 to take them on the second trip, she said.
"I said I didn't want to take them," the woman told jurors. She said she agreed to drive back to Normal.
When the trio arrived back at the Normal apartment complex, the juvenile, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was ordered by King, a back-seat passenger, to shoot the woman, according to her testimony.
"He said, 'Shoot her or I'll shoot you,'" the woman told jurors. She said she did not see a gun but took the threat seriously.
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Hawkey said she was struck in the head by King and forced out of the car. The men drove off, but left the car about a block away, she said.
Jurors heard Hawkey's exchange with a 911 dispatcher minutes after the men took off.
"I just don't want them to shoot me," she said, as she waited for officers to arrive.
The jury also heard testimony from the victim's sister, Kylie Hawkey, who said she received text messages from her sister as she approached Normal on the return trip.
Defense lawyer Art Feldman asked the victim about statements in a 911 call she placed to police in which she denied knowing the suspects' names. She acknowledged she had known the 18-year-old suspect for about three months through the social media connection, but the two had never met. She said she did not know King.
Feldman told Associate Judge Brian Goldrick the defendant has chosen not to testify when the trial continues Wednesday. Assistant State's Attorney Samantha Vazquez is handling the case for the state.