Sarah Patterson

On June 15, 2013 at approximately 10:40 am, members of the WPS responded to a business located in the 800 block of Main Street regarding a Robbery that had just occurred involving two female suspects.

Investigation revealed the women initially attended the business and started stealing merchandise by concealing it under their clothing.  The suspects then began assaulting a fifty-six (56) year old female employee after being confronted regarding the theft.

The suspects were then forced out of the store.

A short time later, the suspects returned and started damaging property and attempted to rob the employee of her personal property.  After stealing more merchandise the suspects fled from the business.

WPS Patrol members responded and located the suspects who were found nearby.  Both female suspects were arrested without incident and the stolen merchandise was recovered.

A twenty-five (25) year old female is facing the following charges:

  • Robbery with a Weapon
  • Robbery
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose x 2
  • Mischief Under $5000 x 2

A twenty-two (22) year old female is facing the following charges:

  • Robbery with a Weapon
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Mischief Under $5000

Both suspects were released on Promise to Appears.


Robbery is a violent crime that is predominately committed by male offenders.

In this case, the fact neither female is facing additional charges of Breach Probation, Fail to Comply with Undertaking or any other Court Order, suggests they are not currently facing any unrelated charges.  The fact they were released on a Promise to Appear suggests they may have limited criminal history.

In a perfect world, people who commit Armed Robberies and terrorize working people would promptly find themselves sitting in a cold 6′ x 8′ jail cell.

I believe it was William Penn who said, “Justice delayed is Justice denied.”

The reality is, these women “may” face some type of criminal consequence in twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months, that is, if they face any “real” consequences at all.  In all probability, these women are just two more fish the WPS can add to their catch and release program.

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