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Kokomo woman thwarts armed robbery by showing suspect her gun

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Mug shot of Jaylin Bolden

KOKOMO, Ind. – Police arrested an armed robbery suspect after they say he attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint.

The incident occurred in the 2200 block of North Buckeye on May 12 around 5:45 a.m. A female told police that she was walking to her residence when she was confronted by a man standing by her entry door. She said the man displayed a gun, and he threatened her and demanded her money. That’s when she said she pulled out her own gun, and the suspect ran away.

Additionally, around the same time police responded to a report of a resident confronting an armed suspect in his home in the 2500 block of North Armstrong. The victim told police the suspect pointed a firearm at him and fled the scene on foot.

Kokomo police located a man matching the suspect’s description in the area. The suspect was taken back to the scene, and he was positively identified. Officers say they found a stolen handgun where they located him, and during their investigation, they found stolen property from the residence on North Armstrong.

The suspect was identified as Jaylin Bolden, 19, of Kokomo. He was arrested and charged with burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery, two counts of pointing a firearm, possession of stolen property, and two counts of cruelty to animals.

Bolden is a person of interest in additional home invasions and assault investigations in the Kokomo area.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Scott Purtee at 765-456-7322, or the KPD hotline at 765-456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by reporting your anonymous tip to Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.