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Guilty plea entered in connection with 2018 home invasions

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – An Allen County woman has pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from home invasions in the Veracruz subdivision and on Shady Creek Court last summer.

Amber Lunsford will be sentenced on counts of robbery and criminal confinement. Other charges, including burglary and kidnapping, were dismissed.

The plea follows the filing of charges related to a home invasion on Aug. 11, 2018. Police said the victim was discovered face-down on the dining room floor with his hands tied behind his back.

According to the probable cause affidavit, that victim was attacked at gunpoint by four people — one of whom was Lunsford.

The robbers took $500 from his wallet and obtained the combination to a safe that was inside the home. Documents show additional items taken included gold and diamond jewelry and a box of antique watches, along with another $1,600 in cash.

A Macbook Pro laptop and keys to the home were also stolen. The keys to his 2016 Audi were found inside the vehicle, which the crooks had backed out of the garage but ultimately left behind.

The victim was able to dial 911 after the attackers left.

Further investigation determined that the homeowner had previous contact with Lunsford, whom he had invited to his home after seeing an advertisement on “” Police describe that page as a website “used to advertise escort services and facilitate prostitution.”

The victim told investigators he changed his mind after Lunsford arrived at his home and turned her away after allowing her to use his bathroom, paying her $20 for her troubles.

According to documents, Lunsford reportedly approached the victim during the robbery and stated, “If you hadn’t been rude to me, this never would have happened.”

Police later arrested Lunsford for a separate home invasion robbery, on Aug. 27, 2018, with similarities to the Veracruz crime.

The victim in that incident, on Shady Creek Court, had associations with online escorts, police said.

After consenting to an interview, Lunsford named others who allegedly participated in the crimes, including her boyfriend, identified as Tyray Bradley.

Bradley is scheduled for an April trial on numerous felony counts.

Sentencing for Lunsford is scheduled for May 10.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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