The list of reasons not to rob a bank is a fairly long one. Had Shantoria Valentine bothered to construct such a list, I wonder if she would have been smart enough to include “I have no getaway car and running 3 blocks just ain’t gonna happen” on it.
Mike Wadleigh noticed a woman hurrying by his apartment near the bank and told WOWT 6 News she’d “shuffle a little bit, run a little bit, walk a little bit, shuffle a little bit.”
Dave Ishii with Ralston Schools said, “I noticed it was a gal. She came through the gate and kept looking behind her.” Dave spotted her from his truck. He had no idea she was a bank robbery suspect, but could tell she was running from something. “I jumped out of the truck and pointed at the cop, this way.”
Ralston Middle School is three blocks from the bank. It’s all uphill. “I ran up the steps and by the time I got up there another person had her cornered,” said Ishii. “She was pretty well winded then. She just laid down and put her hands out.”
Valentine was having trouble breathing and needed medical attention.
After being released from the hospital, she was charged with robbery, making terroristic threats and threatening to use explosives, all felonies. Police are also looking into the possibility that she could have been the same woman involved in a more successful heist a few months earlier.