Dunnellon woman, 25, charged with armed robbery

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By The Staff

CRYSTAL RIVER — A Dunnellon woman was arrested Saturday after robbing a Crystal River man, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Krystal Smith, 25 of W. Pinion Lane, faces charges of one count of robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon and burglary. Smith’s bond was set at $75,000.

The alleged victim reportedly told investigators the incident began after he left some friends behind at a bar in Ocala.

After getting home around 3:30 a.m., he received a call from Smith, who said she wanted to see him downstairs. As he exited his residence and began walking downstairs, he saw Smith waiting for him. Upon reaching the bottom of the stairs, two other subjects reportedly attacked him from behind and knocked him to the ground. They repeatedly punched and kicked him while he was on the ground, he said.

They then reached into his pockets and removed approximately $1,000, a cellphone, keys to the residence and his personal identification.

They then allegedly asked him, “Where is it at? I know you’ve got more,” before entering his home to search for money. When they returned, one had the victim’s shotgun, whereupon he reportedly aimed it at the victim’s head and said, “You’re lucky I don’t kill you.”

They then grabbed his PlayStation 3 and fled upon seeing approaching headlights.

A short time later, the victim’s friend arrived and observed the victim had a swollen eye and other bruising.

Smith told officers she stayed at home all night and did not know anything about the robbery. She said she was walking her dog outside of her residence at the time of the incident.

Smith was arrested and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility.