A teen has been released on time-served for her part in an unusual robbery.
The young woman, Ariel P. Grayson, 19, was granted a six-year judicial diversion by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on the charge of robbery. She was released from jail on the seven months she has already served. The diversion means her criminal record will be erased once her probation is complete.
Grayson is one of three people who reportedly committed the robbery. Another of the suspects is being held in Indiana on other charges and will be extradited here later to face robbery charges.
The female victim of the robbery described an unusual chain of events that led to her being taken for hundreds of dollars.
The victim said things began when she received a call from her ex-boyfriend to pick him up at a local motel one morning. He reportedly claimed he wanted to see her one last time before he turned himself in to police for violating his probation. She said she picked him up as he asked and took him to her home on Westwood Drive. One they got to her house, the ex-boyfriend asked to borrow a car, a request she denied since he didn’t have a driver’s license.
It was moments later the victim discovered her credit and debit card had been taken from her wallet. Her ex-boyfriend told her he took them because he needed money. The victim then took him to the bank and withdrew $100 for him. However, it was once they returned to her house that things turned odd. Other people had arrived while they were gone.
“She saw smoke everywhere and saw bottles with tubing and other items,” said McMinnville Police Sgt. Kenneth Seagraves, describing what the victim said she saw when she went downstairs at her home.
She said her ex-boyfriend then told her to give him her cellphone so she wouldn’t call police. When she didn’t comply, he reportedly pulled a gun and put it to his own head, threatening to kill himself. She turned to go upstairs at that point but was reportedly pulled back down the stairs by the hair of the head and choked.
That is when Grayson became involved. The victim said her ex yelled for Grayson and that she appeared. Grayson was told to “spread the stuff around” from the meth lab so the victim would get arrested if she called police. The man then smashed her cellphone and took her keys and credit cards before leaving with Grayson. The victim contacted police after she heard the car pull away.