TIPTON — Tipton County Prosecutor Jay Rich filed charges Wednesday against a Kokomo man shot May 8 in Tipton County, crumbling an initial story portraying the man as something of a Good Samaritan.

State police say Neal Thompson, 20, was shot in the torso while attempting to rob a resident of the 200 block of West Walnut Street in Sharpsville. Police say Alan H. Tinker III also was involved in the robbery.

Thompson was charged with aiding, inducing or causing criminal confinement and conspiracy to commit robbery. Tinker, 26, was charged with robbery, criminal recklessness, criminal confinement, battery and pointing a firearm.

Another suspect, Alicia A. Porter, 23, has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and aiding, inducing or causing robbery. Police say Porter remained in a vehicle outside the home while Thompson and Tinker were inside.

According to police, Porter originally told police Thompson was shot after the trio stopped to help stranded motorists on a Tipton County road.

Police say she claimed one of the men attempted to rob them and shot Thompson in the process, but they later received information indicating the story was false.

Police say the evening began much differently. They say Thompson and Tinker forced their way into the Sharpsville home carrying a baseball bat and handgun, respectively. The duo wore makeshift face coverings, which fell off during the confrontation, police say.

Police say Tinker, who was later identified by the victims as the gunmen, pointed the gun at one of the male occupants of the home and demanded money. Tinker then fired the weapon, missing the man and shooting Thompson instead.

Tinker asked where the money was located and took two cell phones from a coffee table before fleeing to a pickup truck driven by Porter, according to police.

They drove to the home of Porter’s aunt, who called 911.

Police say Porter later admitted to driving the two men to the home to “intimidate” the resident into paying $300 he owed to her.

She denied knowing that either of the suspects had a gun in their possession in the home, but admitted to seeing Tinker “playing” with a gun earlier in the evening, according to police.

Thompson, who was treated and released from Methodist Hospital, and Porter were arrested Wednesday. A warrant for Tinker’s arrest was issued the same day, though he has not been apprehended.

Tinker was recently released from Howard County jail after a 2004 conviction on theft charges.

Amber Riggin may be reached at (765) 854-6740 or via e-mail at amber.riggin@kokomotribune.com

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