Leeper’s alleged accomplice pleads not guilty

Published 11:13 am Friday, November 27, 2015

The alleged accomplice in several Nov. 12 robberies pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aiding and abetting aggravated robbery on Wednesday.

Amber Katusky, 18, is accused of driving Dylan Leeper, 22, around town when he committed two armed robberies at Reed’s Fourth Ave. and Hari Food Mart with a black handgun, and she was allegedly with him when he shoplifted from Walmart.



The alleged crimes happened the same day Leeper was released from jail on $100,000 bond, according to court records.

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Leeper was later arrested in a McDonald’s line that night, and Katusky was taken into custody at her home.

Leeper allegedly shoplifted from Walmart during two different trips, stealing a black hat one time and a Minnesota Golden Gopher’s bag a second time. The Walmart asset protection officer recognized Leeper and told Austin police officers Leeper was wearing gray sweatpants and a red sweatshirt.

An officer was en route to take the shoplifting report from Walmart at about 7:30 p.m. when a call came in for an armed robbery at Reed’s Fourth Ave, 901 Fourth Ave. NE. The officer changed routes and while taking the report at Reed’s he found out the suspect was likely Leeper because the clothing description matched, according to the report.

The officer then went back to Walmart and reviewed the video surveillance, which showed Leeper take both the hat and the bag during two trips.

The report said Leeper was accompanied by a white female during his two trips to Walmart, and he left in a silver 2005 Ford Taurus, which was allegedly owned by Katusky.

Officers later saw Leeper run into McDonalds near a silver Taurus at 1009 W. Oakland Ave. They found merchandise Leeper had allegedly stolen and clothing he was wearing in the vehicle.

Katusky was found at her residence on the 1000th block of West Oakland Avenue. She told officers she picked up Leeper from the jail, and later took another person to work in Myrtle while Leeper rode along. She said Leeper went out to get McDonald’s while she took a shower. She told officers she had the only keys to the car.

At the jail, Leeper saw Katusky and screamed, “Amber, do not say anything!” according to the report.

Leeper’s release from jail came after he posted $100,000 conditional bond before the alleged spree, even though he had accepted a plea deal in regards to his multiple prior cases on Oct. 9.

Leeper’s earlier charges stem from Leeper beating a pizza delivery driver to steal his money and escaping from a Mower County court room. Leeper was on probation for allegedly stealing cars and getting into several accidents in southwest Austin. He has also been charged with shoplifting in another case.

He had pleaded guilty to one charge of felony theft, one charge of felony escape from custody, one charge of felony aggravated robbery, one charge misdemeanor theft/shoplifting, and one charge misdemeanor fleeing an officer in a vehicle — the result of the multiple cases.

For the alleged robbery spree, Leeper was charged Nov. 13 with two counts of felony aggravated robbery, three counts of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of felony fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor theft.

He appeared in court and is next scheduled to appear on Dec. 14.

Katusky is scheduled for court March 3, 2016.