Muncie man charged with armed robbery targeting Nike shoes

MUNCIE, Ind. — A Muncie man faces an armed robbery charge stemming from the theft of a pair of shoes.

The Level 3 felony charge — carrying up to 16 years in prison — was filed in recent days against 22-yearl-old Joshua Wayne Taylor.

According to a police report, a Muncie man told city police he had gone to the Dollar General store at 1410 E. McGalliard Road on May 7 after agreeing to sell a pair of Nike Green Strike Rubber Dunk shoes to a person he had communicated with on Facebook.

The shoe owner said the 24-year-old man he negotiated the sale with told him another person — later identified as Taylor — would come to the convenience store's parking lot to pay him $175 and collect the shoes.

However, the man said, when Taylor arrived, he picked up the Nike shoes — and another pair of shoes that had been placed on the would-be seller's car hood — and ran away without paying.

The man said he gave chase, caught up with Taylor and shoved him against a wall, causing him to drop both pairs of shoes.

He said Taylor picked up the Nike shoes, then lifted his shirt to display a handgun in his waist band and told him to "back away."

Taylor then again fled on foot, the man said, and a short time later was observed running in the nearby Morningside neighborhood with the man who had originally offered to buy the shoes.

Taylor — most recently arrested on May 16 — continued to be held in the Delaware County Jail under a $20,000 bond. An initial hearing in his case is set for June 3.

The Muncie resident already faced three charges — resisting law enforcement and theft, both filed in April, and criminal trespass, filed last September — that are pending in Muncie City Court.

In other crime news:

Acquittal: A Delaware Circuit Court 5 jury has found a Muncie man not guilty of a rape charge.

The count against 40-year-old James Y. Kwekwe, a Level 3 felony, was filed in December 2022.

A jury trial was held in recent days, with the not-guilty verdict being returned on May 23. Kwekwe was defended by attorney Joel Hand of Indianapolis.

Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at dwalker@muncie.gannett.com.

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