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Bloomington woman robbed and assaulted by man she met at bus stop

A Bloomington man known by the street name “Matchbox 2020” was arrested around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday after robbing a woman he had been partying with.

Otis Pye, 57, approached a 36-year-old female Tuesday night at a bus stop, police said. The two went to a friend’s party where they drank alcohol. They were walking back toward Winslow Court, where the woman said Pye became aggressive and asked her to buy him more alcohol. 

The woman refused to buy Pye any more drinks, so he punched her in the face, police said. 

The two fought, and the victim tried to defend herself with a knife but dropped it, she told police. She told police Pye then took her debit card, drivers license and cell phone. 

Bloomington Police Department officers were sent to the Village Pantry on East Winslow Road to meet with the victim. While en route, an officer was flagged down by a male at Walnut Street and Grimes Lane.

The man, who turned out to be Pye, wanted to report an assault, and had a cut above his ear, Capt. Steve Kellams said.

Pye told officers that he had known the woman for a few weeks and that after a night of drinking the two went to buy marijuana. After buying it, the woman did not return his leftover money and began attacking him, Pye said.

Once officers arrived at the Village Pantry, they talked to the woman, who said she had just met Pye that night at the bus stop and only knew him by his street name, “Matchbox 2020.” She had scratches on her arms, a bite mark on her knee and a swollen, lacerated lip, Kellams said.

Police later searched Pye, who had the victim’s cell phone and drivers license on him. Officers were unable to find the debit card, Kellams said. Pye was then arrested on charges of battery and robbery. 

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