Ithaca (WSYR-TV) – A man and a woman in Ithaca were convicted on Friday of using a prostitution ruse to case out a victim they then robbed at gunpoint last July.
According to the Tompkins County District Attorney, 34-year-old Elizabeth Minor masqueraded as a prostitute and visited the victim in an effort to determine how much money he had.
Then, Minor, 30-year-old Jameel “Tookie” Melton, and an unknown woman returned to the victim’s home.
Melton held the victim at gunpoint while Minor gathered jewelry, cash, a computer, cologne, a cell phone, and shoes.
Melton told the victim that he would kill him if he called the police.
After the victim called police from a neighbor’s house, an officer spotted the robbers on Lake Avenue with bags filled with the victim’s belongings.
Police took Minor into custody right away, but needed to chase Melton before catching him on Second Street.
Minor and Melton were convicted of:
- Robbery in the first degree
- Robbery in the second degree
- Petit larceny
- Conspiracy in the fourth degree
Both robbers have lengthy criminal records.
Melton has 24 arrests, along with three misdemeanor convictions and one felony conviction.
Minor has been arrested 27 times and has 10 misdemeanor and three felony convictions.
Both of them are scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 14.