Crime

Police: Getaway driver in botched Lakewood robbery thought to be suspect’s wife

The robber’s wife was the getaway driver in a failed holdup at a Lakewood bank, police said Wednesday.

Investigators were still searching for the 26-year-old woman in connection to the attempted robbery Monday at a Bank of America branch in the 9500 block of Bridgport Way Southwest.

The robber fled without any money after an armored car guard shot him five times, hitting him in the head, torso and right leg, police spokesman Chris Lawler said.

Police were still guarding the robbery suspect at St. Joseph Medical Center on Wednesday. He was expected to survive his gunshot wounds.

Investigators said the 27-year-old man is the husband of the woman sought in the holdup.

Police found the getaway vehicle dumped near a Parkland church, and said Wednesday that a handgun, fully loaded an covered in blood, was found was under the front passenger seat, Lawler said.

Investigators also released additional details about what happened during the botched robbery.

The armored car guard told detectives he was doing business in the bank about 2 p.m. when he saw a man acting suspiciously in the breezeway of the building, Lawler said.

As the guard was leaving the bank, the man pointed a handgun at him and said something about “money,” at which point the guard shot the robber in self-defense, Lawler said.

Police think the gun found in the abandoned car is the firearm the robber pulled.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects before they have been charged with a crime.

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