Police: Woman calls 911 to distract from robbery

Police: Woman calls 911 to distract from robbery
Corey Baker (Source: Elyria Police)
Corey Baker (Source: Elyria Police)

ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Elyria police say a woman made a 911 call to distract officers while her friend robbed a gas station.

Julie Smith, 35, called police call around 7 a.m. Saturday saying someone was shooting in the area of  Hollywood Dr.

Because Smith made the call from Woodland Ave. and Lowell St. dispatchers sent police to both areas.

At the same time the call was made, the Marathon Gas Station on Huron St. was being robbed. Police say Corey Baker pulled out a gun and demanded the clerk open the safe. A customer inside at the time managed to run out and stop a patrol car.

Police saw Baker leaving the store and ordered him to stop. He did not but was eventually caught in the 300 block of 10th Street.

Police say Baker had a toy gun painted black and an undisclosed amount of money on him. He was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and resisting arrest.

Police found Smith sitting the getaway car. She was arrested and charged with complicity to commit aggravated robbery, failure to comply and driving under suspension.

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