LPD: Man steals from smoke shop, leading to fight

Paulino Villanueva, 19, from York and Hayley Escobar, 19, from York.
Paulino Villanueva, 19, from York and Hayley Escobar, 19, from York.(Lincoln Police Department)
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 10:28 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Lincoln Police Department arrested two teens from York after a robbery from a local smoke shop.

On Sunday around 7 p.m. officers were dispatched to a large fight on S 14th Street, in south Lincoln.

Responding officers learned a man had gone into House of Glass smoke shop and flashed a handgun. LPD said he took two iPhones and cash.

According to police, an employee and witnesses chased the man for a good distance and tracked him down on S 14th Street where they got the money back but not the phones.

From there, officers said a woman showed up and joined in the fight, punching the employee in the face.

LPD arrested Paulino Villanueva, 19, from York. He’s facing robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony and child neglect charges.

Officers said he admitted that he ditched the phones in a bush, where officers later found the phones and a gun.

LPD also arrested Hayley Escobar, 19, who hit the employee and was waiting in the car to pick up Villanueva. Escobar is facing accessory to commit a felony charges.

Officers said the couple’s 5-month old baby was in the car during the robbery.

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