Duo pleads not guilty to break-inPublished 12:51pm Friday, August 12, 2011
Two Austin residents who allegedly broke into a pregnant woman’s apartment looking for money pleaded not guilty Thursday in Mower County District Court.insects
Nyakier James Thiach, 18, pleaded not guilty to two counts first-degree burglary, simple robbery, interfering with a 911 call and fifth-degree assault. Nyamuoch Peter Chuony, 19, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of simple robbery.
Both women are still in custody. Visiting Judge James Fabian lowered Chuony’s bail from $35,000 to $10,000 in court Thursday because she is supposed to begin school at Mankato State University in the fall.
The alleged burglary took place on the 900 block of Seventh Avenue NE around 9:45 p.m. Friday, July 29. Witnesses said the victim, who is reportedly eight months pregnant, was screaming for help.
According to a court complaint, Thiach and Chuony entered the woman’s apartment uninvited asking for someone named “Lucio” who reportedly owed them money. When the woman told them she doesn’t know anyone named Lucio, they demanded to know where Lucio lives.
The victim tried to call her landlord for help, and one of the women allegedly tried to take her phone. According to the complaint, Chuony told the woman she would get her brothers to come over if she called police.
Thiach reportedly dropped a plastic container holding $50 of change near a tree as she left the scene. The victim’s roommate identified it as his coin container.
When police questioned her, Thiach denied entering the apartment or stealing the coins. As she was being handcuffed, she said she stole the money because “they are here illegally,” according to a court complaint.
Both women are due in court again on Sept. 23 for a pre-trial.