Two teens charged as adults in murder of Cumberland clerk during robbery
All three suspects in the killing of the gas station clerk were found guilty of murder and other charges.
CUMBERLAND, Ind. (Jan. 20, 2016) — Murder charges are filed against three suspects, including two teenagers, after a Cumberland convenience store clerk was shot to death.
The two teens will be charged as adults for their alleged involvement in the fatal shooting. According to court records, the victim died of a single gunshot to the heart.
Several witnesses helped identify the three suspects. Two of those witnesses gave CBS4 an exclusive interview about the horrifying ordeal.
The deadly violence started Friday night at the Cumberland Express Mart, where two armed suspects wearing masks and hoodies stormed inside.
“They swung the doors open and whipped out their guns and said, ‘We’re robbing this place. Give us the money,’” said one witness who asked not to be identified.
Prosecutors now say Tyler Miller and Damion Cobb, both 17, committed the robbery.
One of the suspects then shot and killed the clerk Monte Singh with virtually no warning.
The two witnesses inside the store at the time could only watch in horror.
“I don’t know why they shot Monte and didn’t give him a chance,” said the first witness. “I don’t know why they didn’t shoot me.”
“By the time the cops got there he was gone,” said the second witness. “He died in my arms and on my lap.”
Just minutes later, prosecutors say the same suspects robbed a second convenience store and pistol whipped the clerk. After both robberies, the suspects sped away in a white Dodge.
Prosecutors believe 23-year-old Kiree Hayes drove the getaway car, which crashed into a ditch after the second stickup.
All three suspects were arrested while walking away from the area.
According to the affidavit, the two teenage suspects refused to talk to police, but Hayes did and denied any involvement in the robberies. He did admit to crashing the white Dodge.
The two witnesses still struggle to make sense of the slaying, but they hope the suspects spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
“They ruined their lives for nothing because they didn’t even get what they came to do, so it kind of feels pointless,” said one of the witness.
One of the teenage suspects is being held on an $80,000 bond.
The second has a $40,000 bond.
The third suspect is set to make to be in court on Friday.