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EPD break two cases with one arrest

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Two men wanted by police for a robbery earlier this month are now in jail.

On May 2, a 23-year-old Evansville woman was at Apollo Liquor on East Riverside when two men asked for a ride and then demanded money, police said.

One put a gun to her head and forced her to drive to an ATM at Washington and Kentucky where she withdrew $100, a police report filed at the time said.

The woman dropped the suspects off on Evansville's south side and called the police.

Police say figured out that one of the suspects was Justin D. Coates and began looking for him.

Then on Sunday, police say they got a call that someone in the Jacobsville Apartments had been threatened.

When police arrived to investigate, they say Coates locked himself inside a friend's apartment.

Witnesses say that Coates was armed and that there were three children inside.

Negotiators and SWAT teams were called to the scene, and multiple units arrived to evacuate the area. There was no movement from Coates until three hours later when he sent out the three-year-old child to her parents.

Moments later, Coates surrendered, and the other two children were unharmed, police say.

Coates was taken to jail and charged with three counts of criminal confinement, kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a felon and armed robbery.

But there was still the matter of the other man who police say helped rob the young woman earlier this month.

Then early Saturday morning, the Kangaroo Express on Kentucky Avenue was robbed by three people.

The clerk told police that three men in hoodies and bandanas robbed the clerk of cash and cigarettes with a semi-automatic gun.

Police say there are a total of five suspects but four of them are underage.

Police say the one adult suspect is James V. Woods.

Police say Woods was the other suspect in the ATM robbery.

Woods is in jail on two criminal confinement charges, two armed robbery charges and one charge of kidnapping.

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