Lakewood police on Oct. 25 arrested a woman who allegedly robbed a man with two other people. The incident began earlier in the day when a man reported to Tacoma police that he was hit and robbed in the 4000 block of Portland Avenue. Witnesses saw the license plate number of the car the suspects used and gave it to officers. The car was registered to a home in the 2600 block of 84th St. Ct. S. in Lakewood. Officers went to the home and waited. When the suspects arrived at the home police tried to speak with them but the three ran off. One woman was apprehended. A K-9 dog was brought in to track a woman and man she was with when she arrived. They were not located.
A man was fatally shot by a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy who attempted to arrest him near the intersection of South 19th Street and South Yakima Avenue on Oct. 22. Two deputies were at the jail when they learned that Aaron Westby, who had warrants out for assault and fleeing from an officer, had been sighted near St. Joseph Hospital. The suspect was known to several law enforcement agencies for being a car thief. He was in a stolen pickup truck parked in an alley. When the deputies tried to arrest Westby, he fought with them. They used a Taser on him but he continued to struggle. Westby allegedly said he had a gun and reached for the glove box, so one deputy shot him.
Mandy Marie Whaley has been charged with first-degree robbery for allegedly holding up a bank on Oct. 20. She pleaded not guilty and is in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. She is accused of entering the Key Bank branch at 3501 S. 19th St. and handing a teller a note indicating she had a gun and demanding money. The suspect fled with cash. A security camera captured an image of the robber’s face. Police distributed the image to the media. Someone recognized her and informed authorities. Whaley was arrested on Oct. 21.
During questioning, Whaley told detectives she is unemployed and caring for her five children and a grandchild. According to court records, while Whaley was at the bank she received a call from her daughter, who needed money for school, which led her to write the robbery note. She told detectives she spent some of the money on pizzas, Halloween costumes and drinking in a bar. She claims a man she met at the bar and took home stole the rest of cash.
A 72-year-old woman had her purse snatched in the 3500 block of South Crandall Lane on Oct. 15. She had parked her car on the street at about 3 a.m. As she walked to the front door, a man wearing a ski mask approached her. He grabbed the purse, ran to a car and drove away.