Woman, 23, Charged With Setting Up Home Invasion Robbery

Friday, January 24, 2014
Janet Denise Lewis
Janet Denise Lewis

Police said a 23-year-old woman set up a home invasion robbery at the Hamilton Inn on Rossville Boulevard.

Janet Denise Lewis, of 2208 Farleigh St., is charged with aggravated robbery.

In the incident Dec. 12, Lawrence Dill and Tonya Cox in room 207 said they were robbed by three black males who entered the room armed with guns.

Dill said he had received a text message from a female he knows as Denise, who asked if she could come over and hang out. He said he agreed.

He said he had known the woman for several weeks after meeting her through a mutual friend.

He said at 9:20 p.m. he heard a knock on the door and it was Denise. He said as he let her in three black males ran in behind her and carried out the robbery. 

They took both victims' cell phones as well as a wallet. They took a large plastic bottle containing loose change.

They said they were told that the robbers were not going to allow any witnesses, but they allowed Denise to leave. The robbers ran out a short time later.

Surveillance video showed a Kia park near their room. A female and three males got out together and walked upstairs. Three minutes later, the female got back in the car and drove to the end of the parking lot. One of the robbers appears to carry the large jar of change to the Kia.

Dill said he had picked Denise up at a house with a motorcycle on the porch on Farleigh Street off of Dodson Avenue. The homeowner said she has a daughter named Denise Lewis and that she was out driving a Kia that belongs to her other daughter.  

The robbery victims picked Janet Denise Lewis out of a lineup. 


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