November 1, 2014

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Woman says she was forced to rob pizza shop

LORAIN — A woman who said she was being forced to rob a pizza shop last week handed a knife over to the employee and waited in the restaurant for police to arrive.

Katlyn Tomsco, 20, was charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon at 10:45 a.m. July 11 at East of Chicago Pizza, 1980 Cooper Foster Park Road.

According to a police report, Carissa Cruz, an employee at the restaurant, was making pizza dough in the back of the building when she heard a noise coming from the front register. Cruz went to the front of the store where she found Tomsco standing by the register, she told police.

She told police Cruz said she had a knife and was robbing the store, according to a police report. Tomsco went on to say that her ex-boyfriend was forcing her to do the robbery and that he had threatened to kill her.

Tomsco gave the knife to Cruz and waited in the restaurant for police. When they arrived, Tomsco told officers that her ex-boyfriend had been beating her up and forcing her into prostitution. She said he forced her to rob the restaurant and that she had walked there from his apartment.

Tomsco was taken to Lorain County Jail where she was being held on a $25,000 bond Thursday. Her next court date is 1 p.m. Monday.