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2 charged in Turners Falls unarmed robbery

TURNERS FALLS — A local couple is being charged with the unarmed robbery of a Greenfield woman.

Eric Nawotny, 27, of 29 Avenue A, pleaded innocent to charges of unarmed robbery and indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.

His girlfriend will be summoned to court at a later date. Jennifer Gunnells, 22, of Avenue A, will be charged with unarmed robbery, police said.

The alleged robbery occurred at about 10:37 p.m. Tuesday.

The alleged victim, 23-year-old Destiny Klein, told police the two were supposed to arrange a ride for her back to Greenfield, after she was left stranded on Avenue A.

Klein said she had been left in Turners Falls after an argument with a friend on the way home from Amherst. She ran into Gunnells, with whom she was acquainted, and asked if she could help her get a ride home to Greenfield, Klein wrote in a witness statement.

Klein followed the two into an apartment, where she took a stack of $20 bills from her pocket to give Gunnells $20 for a ride, she wrote.

At that point, she wrote, Nawotny grabbed her from behind and rifled through her jacket pockets while Gunnells held her in place. Nawotny took $80 from her pocket, then placed his hand inside of her bra to take another $40 she had there, according to the statement.

Red marks on her chest were consistent with the account she gave, according to a report by Sgt. Lee Laster

While police interviewed Klein, Nawotny came outside to speak to an officer, according Laster.

Laster said Nawotny denied taking any money from Klein.

Gunnells then spoke with officers, and told them Klein was on cocaine, and said the two never took any money from her, according to the report.

Nawotny is due back in court for a bind-over hearing April 14. No date was available for Gunnells’ arraignment.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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