Thurston County deputies arrested three suspects after they allegedly robbed a man and woman at gunpoint Saturday, stealing $10,000 worth of coins and jewelry. A female suspect then allegedly fled from police.
Ashley R. Friend, 27, was arrested Saturday and appeared Monday before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon, and Dixon found probable cause for two charges: first-degree robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, and attempting to elude a police vehicle.
The judge set bail at $50,000.
Anthony “Ant” Clemons, 38, was arrested early Tuesday and appeared before Dixon in the afternoon. Dixon found probable cause for one count of first-degree robbery while armed with a deadly weapon.
The judge said that Clemons has two pending cases in Superior Court, and has prior convictions for first-degree escape and second-degree robbery. He set bail at $100,000.
A third suspect was arrested Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
On Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Wheeler described Friend as “out of control,” and said she is a danger to the community.
“This case is horrific,” Wheeler said. “The victims are traumatized.”
Court documents give the following account:
Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Saturday to reports of an armed robbery on Kaiser Road in west Olympia. A female victim reported that Friend and two men had taken a box containing $10,000 worth of jewelry and coins. The victim reported that Clemons had a large revolver.
The victim said the suspects had been visiting her apartment when Clemons pointed a gun at a male victim, and a second male suspect took the box. The victims said Friend stood next to one of the male suspects and smiled.
The suspects then fled in a black Pontiac G5.
An Olympia Police officer spotted the car traveling east on Harrison Avenue Northwest. The vehicle turned right onto Cooper Point Road and reached speeds of 55 to 60 mph. The car ran through multiple stop signs and at some points hit 100 mph.
The car crashed at the intersection of Old Highway 99 and Rich Road. Friend was the only person in the car.
When deputies told her that she had been stopped in connection with a robbery, she said she had no idea what they were talking about. She said she didn’t stop because she didn’t have a driver’s license, and likely had an outstanding warrant from the state Department of Corrections.