Crime

Lakewood bank robber suspect moved from hospital to jail

A Parkland man police said was shot during a botched bank robbery in Lakewood was moved Monday from a Tacoma hospital to the Pierce County Jail.

Michael David Winston II, 27, is charged with first-degree attempted robbery.

He had been recovering at St. Joseph Medical Center after police said he tried to rob a bank Sept. 15 and an armored car guard shot him five times, including in the head.

According to charging papers, Winston confronted the guard in the breezeway of the bank and pointed a gun at him while demanding money. The guard fired, wounding Winston.

His wife, 26-year-old Brittney Winston, is accused of driving the stolen getaway vehicle that police said she used to drop Winston off at the hospital before she fled.

She pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree attempted robbery.

She tried to raise money online before her arrest, saying her husband is a military veteran and the incident was a case of racial profiling.

In a note left at the couple’s home she wrote that she wasn’t a getaway driver and that her husband wasn’t a bank robber, according to charging papers.

She later was arrested at the home, and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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