WHITING — Charges filed Thursday in Lake Criminal Court allege a Whiting woman helped lure a man to an alley, where her boyfriend robbed him.

Jacqueline Hernandez, 31, agreed to meet a Hammond man in an alley in the 1500 block of Fishrupp Avenue, knowing her boyfriend planned to rob the man if he didn't give Hernandez $100, court records say.

The boyfriend, Victor A. Espinoza, 29, of Munster, was charged in January with felony armed robbery and robbery, court records show. Hernandez also faces one felony count of armed robbery and one count of robbery.

The Hammond man told police he had received a text from Hernandez, whom he had known for many years, asking him to meet with her, a probable cause affidavit states.

When the Hammond man arrived in the alley, the woman got into his pickup truck and they talked. She told him she had received a text from her daughter, got out and walked to the rear of the truck, court records state.

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Espinoza walked out from between houses carrying a semiautomatic handgun and robbed the Hammond man, according to the affidavit. The victim told police he saw Espinoza and Hernandez walking away together between houses.

Hernandez told police during an interview Feb. 1 that the Hammond man texted her and said he wanted to repay a $100 debt from several years ago, court records say.

She admitted she knew Espinoza had a gun and planned to rob the man if he didn't give her the money, an affidavit says. She texted Espinoza after learning the man didn't have the money, and Espinoza robbed the man, court records say.

Hernandez and Espinoza were both taken into custody Friday, Whiting Police Chief Steve Miller said.

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