Three arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery

Published: May. 18, 2020 at 11:42 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Three people have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in Jefferson County, Iowa. According to a press release from the county attorney, on May 17th Fairfield officers and deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office arrested 22 year old Darrian Nicholson, 21 year old Lydia Goff and 21 year old William Hiller.

Authorities say Ms. Goff was using online social media and/or dating platforms to solicit “dates” with men. Instead of a date, the target would be robbed by Ms. Goff, Mr. Nicholson, and Mr. Hiller.

On the morning of May 17th, Nicholson, Goff and Hiller were arrested following a traffic stop in Fairfield.

A resident is suspected to have believed he was hiring a prostitute for $200, but the trio instead intended to enter the residence and commit a robbery.

All three were armed with knives upon arrest.

Jefferson Co Sheriff's deputies and Fairfield Police arrested three people.  Police say the...
Jefferson Co Sheriff's deputies and Fairfield Police arrested three people. Police say the three were plotting to a rob a person who thought they were meeting up for a date. (Jefferson County Jail)

The vehicle was stopped outside of the home of the target, and it is likely that the swift action of law enforcement prevented a violent act from occurring that morning.

After the arrest of the trio, a search warrant was executed on the residence of Ms. Goff. Evidence of an additional robbery was recovered at that time, and additional

felony charges are pending against the group. Michael Hiller, brother of William Hiller, was located in the residence and was criminally charged with an independent

burglary not related to the robbery conspiracy involving the whole group.

The full scope of criminal acts conducted by this group is still under investigation, and additional charges may arise from these actions against this group and/or others

associated with them. Anyone who believes they may have been targeted by these individuals or who may have fallen victim to this conspiracy are urged to contact the

Fairfield Police Department to provide information to facilitate this ongoing investigation. As the facts surrounding these assaults are understandably sensitive, any

victims of these crimes are reminded that this reporting may be done confidentially.

It should be noted that a criminal charge is simply an accusation based on probable cause, and criminal Defendants are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.

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