Police arrest 2 in robbery

Pair charged with connection to store burglary

Tribune staff reports

Two Seymour residents were arrested early Friday morning in connection with the robbery of a supermarket earlier this week.

Pablo Cocuyo, 29, and Nicole Marie Hernandez, 34, both face felony charges of burglary, robbery, intimidation and criminal recklessness in connection with Monday night’s robbery of Supermercado Morales, 416 E. Tipton St.

Police said two people — a man and a woman — wearing ski masks, gloves and hoodies entered the store shortly before 9 p.m. and displayed machetes. The woman asked for money, and the pair were given $500 to $600 and fled the market, police said. No one was injured.

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Lt. John Watson with the Seymour Police Department said Hernandez and Cocuyo were identified as possible suspects in the robbery through surveillance footage and statements by witnesses.

“We just started watching the residences they were known to frequent,” Watson said.

On Thursday night, an officer saw them getting out of a vehicle in the rear of a residence in the 600 block of Indianapolis Avenue, Watson said.

Other officers were called to the scene, and the two were arrested without incident, he said.

Hernandez has been cooperating with the police and told officers the money was spent on drugs and hotels, Watson said.

Cocuyo does not speak any English, he said.

“I’m getting an interpreter and will talk with him today,” Watson said.

The two were booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown early Friday and were being held without bond pending their initial hearings.