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Lying to keep her boyfriend out of jail landed them both behind bars

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
March 21, 2013 2:00 pm

She lied to the cops to keep her boyfriend out of jail. It didn’t work, and now they’re both behind bars.

Lakewood police pulled over the 42-year-old woman on Sunday after a man called 911 to report someone in her vehicle shot at him and he was tailing the car.

At first, the woman claimed the other guy “began randomly shooting at her for no apparent reason,” according to charging papers. She insisted she was alone in the car.

Detectives eventually got her to admit her boyfriend was in the car with her and that he opened fire on the other man as retaliation for a past robbery. She provided a false name for her Romeo.

When police couldn’t find information on the boyfriend, they called the woman and confronted her about the fake name. She suggested they search her purse. Inside were the boyfriend’s identification and 8 grams of crack cocaine.

The woman agreed to help police track down the boyfriend but warned he was probably on his way to Milwaukee.

On Tuesday, police placed the woman under surveillance. A detective called her repeatedly but she turned her phone off. The detective allegedly watched her kiss the boyfriend before leaving his home. She answered her phone as she drove away.

The woman told the detective she was “in the hood” looking for her boyfriend and directed them toward an apartment complex where he was rumored to be. It was not where she’d just left him.

A patrol officer then pulled the woman over and she admitted lying to protect her boyfriend from being arrested, court records show. Both were taken into custody.

Prosecutors charged the woman with rendering criminal assistance. She pleaded not guilty to the charge and was ordered jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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