PD: Ex-Indianapolis City-County Councilman Curtis Coonrod duped by girlfriend in robbery, kidnapping

Police: Woman orchestrated plan with new boyfriend

INDIANAPOLIS - A former Indianapolis City-County councilman was robbed at gunpoint and his girlfriend supposedly kidnapped in a scheme orchestrated by the woman and her new boyfriend, police said.

Lawrence police were called to an apartment at 5766 Devers Drive on Saturday, where they were flagged down by Curtis Coonrod, 58.

He told police he had been robbed at gunpoint by a man who kidnapped his girlfriend, Cheyenne Poole, 21, and stole his car.

Coonrod said he and Poole were in the apartment, which he leases for her, when a man burst through the door with a gun, demanding money and saying, "I don't know you. I don't care about you. I will kill you," according to the police report.

Coonrod told police the man taped him to a chair while forcing Poole to go to an ATM and withdraw $500 using his bank card.

The man then left with the alarm code to Coonrod's house, taking Poole with him, Coonrod told police.

Investigators traced Poole's cellphone to Indianapolis' south side, where they spotted her driving Coonrod's stolen car, according to the police report.

Poole then led police on a high-speed chase, running stop lights before blowing a tire on stop sticks and eventually stopping, police said.

Poole and her passenger, Ralph Lopez, 24, were taken into custody.

Police said Poole then admitted to orchestrating the robbery and kidnapping plot with Lopez, her new boyfriend.

Poole told police she had met Coonrod on a dating website, "something like SugarDaddy.com," police said, and that he had been supporting her financially for about five months.

When she grew tired of the relationship, she plotted the robbery and kidnapping, Poole told police, although investigators said they were skeptical from the beginning.

"She left with his bank card and PIN number to retrieve money, and then came back to the apartment. A normal victim would have probably left and alerted police," said Sgt. Jim Vaughn with Lawrence police.

Poole and Lopez were both preliminarily charged with robbery, criminal confinement and auto theft. Poole was also charged with resisting law enforcement, while Lopez also faces a charge of possession of marijuana.

A judge set Poole's bond at $160,000 and Lopez's at $200,000.

According to the police report and witnesses at the apartment complex, more people might have been involved in the robbery.

Coonrod, a prominent Republican, served as Marion County auditor in the late '80s and early '90s. He also spent two terms on the City-County Council.

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