Juvenile arrested for armed robbery, threatens police with a 'hit list'

Robert Rockwell (left), Keiton Stacy (middle), Zachary Lester (right)
Muncie Teen Hit List
Suspect threatens police

MUNCIE, Ind. (WTHR) – When Muncie police arrested three teenagers and accused them of holding up a convenience store at gun point, they never expected one of them, a 17 year old, would reel off a list of police officers he would have killed.

Investigators say surveillance video shows Zachary Lester pointing a hand gun at the store clerk. They arrested Lester and detective Dustin Lee started asking him questions.

“I believe his exact phrase was putting a hit on all of us in the investigation. Threatening our lives,” said Lee.

According to Lee, the verbal hit list included officers in Muncie and neighboring Blackford County where he lived.

“The local jurisdictions that assisted in this investigation are very familiar with him and he’s had previous run-ins with law enforcement,” said Lee.

The robbery happened around 3 a.m. on January 22 at the Riggin Road Market.

Detectives say Lester had help from two 18-year-old accomplices. According to court documents, Keiton Stacy waited in the car while Lester and Robert Rockwell walked into the store.

“They immediately drew the gun out and pointed it at the clerk. You can imagine how scared the clerk was.”

The clerk was put into a back room and tied up with cable ties while the two filled a backpack with cash and tobacco products.

According to police, the hold up was planned weeks in advance and the two brazenly spent 10 minutes in the store, an eternity for a hold-up.

“Normally it is an in and out thing,” Lee explained. “These guys took their time filling up the bag with everything they wanted and whatever they needed."

After police released surveillance photos, tips poured in. All three teenagers were arrested in neighboring Blackford County.

Surveillance image provided by Muncie Police.

Court documents say Rockwell and Stacy confessed, Lester threatened investigators.

“It definitely is surprising coming from him a 17 year old and obviously he’s involved in stuff like this that he as access to weapons,” said Lee.

The charges against Lester include armed robbery, criminal confinement and intimidation.

At 17 he is a juvenile. However because of the seriousness of the charges, Delaware County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman said the case was automatically moved to criminal court where he will be tried as an adult.

Lester is held in jail on a 70 thousand dollar bond. If convicted the 17 year old could spend a decade or more in prison.