Beatrice woman found in ditch after being robbed of $10,000, sheriff’s office says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A 33-year-old Beatrice woman was found in a ditch Saturday after she had been robbed of $10,000, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman told deputies that 40-year-old Thomas Angell and a friend were giving her a ride from Beatrice to Lincoln so she could buy a car, Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

She had fallen asleep sometime during the drive but was awoken after the car stopped near 25th Street and Wittstruck Road in southern rural Lancaster County.

Angell said that he needed to fix his vehicle’s stereo and asked her to get out of the car, according to an arrest affidavit.

Court records show that while the woman was standing near a ditch, the two men got out of the vehicle and started shooting toward her feet.

They demanded she give them the money in her purse or they would shoot her.

The two men then kicked the woman several times before stealing her purse and driving away, the affidavit says.

She was taken to a Lincoln hospital after a resident of a nearby home found her coming out of a ditch at the end of the driveway.

Later that day, deputies found Angell’s vehicle parked outside of a south Lincoln apartment.

Deputies arrested Angell and found $3,000 cash inside his pockets, according to court records.

Deputies later served a search warrant at his apartment and found a stolen firearm and drugs, Wagner said.

Angell was arrested on suspicion of robbery, third-degree assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony, felon in possession of a firearm and terroristic threats.

The sheriff’s office has identified the second suspect but hasn’t found him yet.

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