3 arrested after Amish community in Lawrence County robbed

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ETHRIDGE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three people were arrested after two robberies involving people of the Amish community in Lawrence County.

Both robberies happened Monday and involved a truck blocking the roadway so the Amish’s horses and buggies could not pass.

Deputies said a passenger armed with a handgun got out of the truck and demanded money in both incidents.

In the first robbery, which happened in the area of Yoder Road, the victim was robbed for $100.

In the second incident, in the area of Oaks Road, deputies said a shot was fired as the Amish fled in their buggy.

No injuries were reported in either armed robbery.

On Thursday, three people from Etheridge, Tennessee, were arrested for the crimes.

Eighteen-year-old Acey McDougal, Amber Lawrence, 18, and Johnathan Casteel, 23, were charged with aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted aggravated robbery, and three counts of aggravated assault.

McDougal and Lawrence’s bonds were set at $120,000, while Casteel’s was $380,000.

Acey McDougal (Courtesy: Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office)
Amber Lawrence (Courtesy: Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office)
Johnathan Casteel (Courtesy: Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office)