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Crime/Courts

July 3, 2014

Crime briefs

NORMAN — Two charged with assault, robbery

Two people were recently charged after robbing and assaulting a man in his Oklahoma City home, one of whom the man was able to identify through an escort advertisement.

Kassady Renee Lesiter, 26, of Noble, and Christopher Adam Banschbach, 28, of Oklahoma City, were charged in Cleveland County District Court this week for robbery with a weapon and assault and battery with a deadly weapon in concert with an unknown male.

The victim came into contact with Lesiter around 1 a.m. Friday after responding to an ad for escort service. The woman, later identified as Lesiter, agreed to meet the victim at his residence in Cleveland County, the affidavit said.

Sometime after the woman was inside the residence, there was a knock on the door and the female ran to the door and opened it. The victim was still in his bedroom when he saw a man holding a pistol, announcing he was a police officer, who told the victim to place his hands on the walls, the document states.

“He told the victim that this was a sting and he also had a gold badge pinned on his waistband,” the affidavit said.

A second man came into the room and struck the victim with his fists when the victim began questioning the men if they were police officers. They then took his cell phone and cash, records show.

“When the victim questioned a second time if they were really police, the suspect with the gun fired one round. The bullet struck the victim on his left arm, traveling in and out, and then lodging inside his abdomen,” the affidavit said.

The victim attempted to obtain the tag number of the vehicle after all three suspects left, driving away in a dark-colored pickup truck. He identified the female in the advertisement for the woman, Lesiter, who was described as a petite blonde, age 19, in the Oklahoma City, Norman and Moore area with the name Aryana, records show.

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