A teen faces robbery charges following a bizarre incident during which a woman says her credit card and vehicle were taken.
The woman, Arieal Page Grayson, 19, was indicted on the charge of aggravated robbery. She is one of three people the victim said participated in the robbery.
The victim said the chain of events 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. Once they got to her house, the ex-boyfriend asked to borrow a car, a request she denied since he didn’t have a driver license.
It was moments later she said she discovered her credit and debit cards 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 her 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 to her home. The man then smashed her cellphone and took her keys and credit cards before leaving with Grayson. She contacted police after she heard the car pull away.
Presently, Grayson is the only person charged in the case although charges are expected to be filed against the victim’s ex-boyfriend for his alleged role in the robbery.