Men Charged in Kearney Robbery, Shooting

Josh Lewis

By Nina Harrelson

Two men jailed in connection with a Friday armed robbery and shooting in Kearney have been formally charged in Buffalo County Court.

Joshua Lewis, 24, Grand Island, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, use of a firearm to commit a felony, felony robbery and second-degree assault.

Jason Warrington, 19, Kearney, is charged with felony robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony and accessory to a felony.

The pair were arrested after police were dispatched to Good Samaritan Hospital around 11 a.m. Friday on reports of a 20-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.

The victim told officers the suspects knocked on his apartment door at 2102 3rd Avenue, and when he didn't answer, they entered the apartment and began knocking on his bedroom door.

When he opened the door, the victim said he saw two armed men with ski masks and bandanas covering their faces -- one brandishing a handgun and the other, a rifle. One of the men allegedly told the victim, "This is a robbery," before restraining his hands behind his back with zip ties and shooting him in the leg.

The victim also told police he recognized one of the men's voices as Warrington, but didn't know who the other man was, and that the unknown man was the one who shot him.

According to the arrest affidavit, the pair stole marijuana from a safe and an unknown amount of cash from the victim's wallet.

Warrington's father told police that his son and another man showed up at his house around 9 a.m. Friday and borrowed three rifles and a pistol because they wanted to go shooting.

Around 1:30 p.m., authorities located the suspects' vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 30, just east of Kearney, and arrested the pair.

According to the arrest affidavit, Warrington told police that he knows the victim and that they "just went over there to score some weed," and that he "didn't know he [Lewis] was going to shoot him [the victim]."

Both men are in the custody of the Buffalo County Jail.

If convicted, Lewis faces up to 150 years in prison. He was convicted in Hall County in 2010 for assault on a police officer.

Warrington faces up to 100 years in prison.

Both men are scheduled to appear in Buffalo County Court for their preliminary hearings Feb. 29.