PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two Westmoreland County fugitives were arrested in Ohio on Thursday.
April Alsippo, 33, and Scott Lichtenwalner, 26, were arrested in Marion with assistance from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, MARMET Drug Task Force, Combined Dispatch, Marion Area Transit and the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.
They are suspected in the case of a 77-year-old woman who was stuffed into a truck and forced to withdraw thousands from her bank account.
It happened at the Shop n’ Save plaza in North Apollo.
“She was approached by a white female in her 30’s and this female asked for a ride. She said she was in distress and needed a ride,” Trooper Stephen Limani with the Pennsylvania State Police said.
When the female suspect got into the woman’s car, she told the woman to drive several miles until they got to a pull off.
“At that time, a male came in and got in the car and the female that had been originally with her pulled out a knife and forced her in the back of the vehicle and the male and female drive away,” Limani said.
Police say the suspects put the victim in the trunk, then drove around for about two and a half hours. They didn’t have any money, so they spent the night in the car in a motel parking lot. The next morning, they drove to the Apollo Trust and made the 77-year-old woman withdraw $5,000 from her account.
Eventually, the suspects left the woman alone in the car and she was able to escape.
The two will be taken back to Westmoreland County.
Heroin was apparently found on the suspects when they were arrested.