Two people have been charged with robbing a man at gunpoint on Saturday.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 4700 block of Lama Lane in Lincolnton after an individual reported he had been robbed at gunpoint, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Steven Bane told officers he had gone to the location to meet a female friend, Kayla Hull Jenkins, 28, of Lama Lane.  

When he arrived at the location on Lama Lane, the female got into the passenger side of his vehicle. Bane told officers he placed his wallet on the center console and they got out of the vehicle. Then a person described as the woman’s boyfriend, Kerry Keith Kowaleski II, confronted them armed with a rifle and pointing it at Bane, according to deputies. Kayla Jenkins got back into the vehicle and removed Steven Bane’s wallet.  

Kowaleski then ordered Bane to leave the scene or he would kill him, according to the press release. As the victim was leaving he observed the suspects fleeing into a wooded area. A K-9 was called in to help search for the couple but was unable to locate them. Deputies checked Kowaleski’s home and learned from his father that the suspect had stolen his .22 caliber rifle, according to deputies. The wallet and firearm were later recovered.

On the night of July 20, deputies arrested the couple at the father’s home on Kowaleski Lane.  Kerry Keith Kowaleski II, 41, is charged with one felony count of robbery with a firearm, conspiracy and larceny of a firearm.

He was placed under a $30,000 secured bond.

Kayla Hull Jenkins, 28, was charged with one felony count of robbery with a firearm and placed under a $25,000 secured bond.

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