Janesville teen trio accused in second robbery

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Frank Schultz
March 9, 2015

TOWN OF TURTLE—Three Janesville teens accused of robbing a man in Janesville on March 4 have been charged with a second robbery two days earlier in the town of Turtle.

One of the accused, Elizabeth E. Chidester, 17, of 3315 S. Highway 51 No. 71, had been corresponding with the March 2 victim on Facebook, using the name Annabelle, according to the criminal complaint.

Chidester on March 2 invited the victim to smoke marijuana with her and her “brothers,” later identified as Sean J. Holtslander, 18, of 1800 Morningside Drive No. 3, and Drury J. Niebuhr, 17, of 1516 Manor Drive, according to the complaint.

The three picked up the victim at his Janesville home, and they decided to drive to Beloit to buy marijuana, according to the complaint. But they said their marijuana supplier was not home, so they headed back toward Janesville.

They turned onto a side road because Holtslander said he needed to defecate, and when the victim got out, Holtslander got out, pointed a handgun at him and said “something similar to 'I'm robbing you, dude,'” according to the complaint.

They took the victim's marijuana, cigarettes and about $65, and Holtslander fired the gun into a field before driving off, leaving the victim on the side of the road, according to the complaint.

A second criminal complaint adds more details about the Janesville robbery March 4, when the three are accused of robbing an 18-year-old Janesville man on Harding Street.

Holtslander is again accused of pointing the gun at the man and taking his leather jacket.

Chidester told police she had a court appearance that day in Janesville, but she got the time wrong, so the trio drove to Holtslander's residence, where he got an airsoft gun and began shooting at a house. They then drove to the Rock Valley Mobile Home Park off Highway 51, where Holtslander shot the airsoft gun at a residence, Chidester told police, according to the complaint.

They then returned to Janesville and robbed the man on Harding Street, according to the complaint.

The three teens now face two counts each of party to armed robbery and one count each of party to misdemeanor theft.

All three were held on $20,000 cash bonds. A preliminary hearing is set for March 20.

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