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Woman robber released from jail
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A woman disguised as a man who tried to rob Waffle House has been released on time-served.
The woman, Queen McElrath, 20, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of attempted robbery. She was released on 30 days, time-served and placed on probation for five years. She was also granted a judicial diversion, meaning she can have her conviction erased after her probation is over.
McElrath tried to rob Waffle House on New Smithville Highway in November with a BB gun. The woman, who witnesses thought was a man due to the way she was dressed, reportedly sat down at the counter and ordered a drink.
“The suspect showed the barrel of a gun that had been concealed and ordered the waitress to get the money out of the register,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton, noting moments later it was announced police had been called. “The suspect then ran out of the building without obtaining money.”
Police were able to develop McElrath as a suspect and located her at a residence in Morrison.
“The gun, which turned out to be a BB gun, and clothing worn during the event were also located,” said Denton, noting the clothing confirmed she had tried to pass herself off as a man. “She had disguised herself to look like a male prior to the robbery attempt.”