Two accused of stealing bond money from woman
On January 21, officers with the Mishawaka Police Department were called for a robbery report at a parking lot on Main Street.
At the scene, officers spoke with the victim, who said she collected $435 in cash to bond out her friend but needed $65 more.
The victim contacted her acquaintance, Jamie Lee Black, over Facebook and Black agreed to loan her the $65.
The parties met in a restaurant parking lot on Main Street. When the victim recognized Black’s vehicle, she entered the front passenger seat and saw Black in the driver’s seat and Black’s girlfriend, Jennifer Jacobsen/Jennifer Boggs in the back seat.
When the victim got in the vehicle, Black allegedly told her he was sorry but he was going to take her cash, according to reports.
Black then ordered Boggs to hold on to the victim, reports said.
Boggs allegedly put her arms around the victim’s neck and held her in a head lock, reports said.
The victim refused to give Black the money and Black began to search her for a wallet.
When Black didn’t find a wallet, he got out of his vehicle and began searching for the wallet in the victim’s vehicle.
The victim’s seven-year-old child was in her vehicle while Black was searching for the wallet.
When Black returned to his vehicle, Boggs allegedly began applying pressure to the victim’s neck, reports said.
The victim began to panic and feel light-headed from Boggs allegedly squeezing her neck, according to court documents.
She then told Black the $435 in cash was in her pocket.
Black allegedly took the cash from the victim’s pocket and Boggs allegedly shoved the victim out of Black’s vehicle, reports said.
Police later interviewed Boggs and she allegedly confirmed that she and Black had decided to steal the victim’s money, according to reports.
Boggs said she and Black met the victim in a parking lot on Main Street and had taken approximately $400 from her person by force, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Video surveillance from the parking lot showed the victim get out of her vehicle and enter the passenger side of Black’s vehicle. After a short time, video showed Black exit his vehicle and appear to search through the victim’s vehicle before returning to his own.
Officers also found images of Facebook messenger conversations in which Black agreed to loan the victim the $65 she needed to afford bond for her friend.
Boggs was formally charged with robbery, battery and theft. She is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on a $3,000 bond.
Black was formally charged with robbery, theft, and theft where the defendant has a prior conviction for either theft or conversion. Black pleaded guilty to a theft charge in 2015, according to reports. He was sentenced to two years and violated his probation in 2018.
Black is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on a $1,500 bond.
Boggs and Black are due back in court on February 22.