HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - WAVY.com helped police find a woman who robbed an elderly man by posing as a Good Samaritan Monday.
Hampton resident Warren Guiden, 85, was shopping at the Game's Farmer's Market at the intersection of Harpersville Road and Hampton Roads Center Parkway around 9:20 a.m., according to Cpl. Mary Shackelford with the Hampton Police Division.
A woman approached Guiden and asked if she could help him carry his groceries to his car. He said yes, and she did. When Guiden arrived at his home, the same woman approached him and asked if she could use his restroom. He agreed, but when they got inside the home, she implied she had a firearm and robbed him.
“And she went to my back pocket and took my wallet, my whole wallet,” Guiden said.
The woman took his wallet, containing cash and various identification and credit cards, and drove away in a green Chevy Trialblazer SUV with grey bumpers and grey trim.
“She was neatly dressed, very polite, didn’t look like a person, like an old tramp, or anything, that would have a reason to … I thought at that minute that she’d followed me home to help me get the watermelons out of the car,” Guiden said.
Shackelford said the woman was caught on surveillance video at a local gas station shortly after the robbery trying to use Guiden's credit card.
Thursday, Shackelford said WAVY News' report directly led to the arrest of the suspect. Wanda Renee Waters, 47, of Newport News was charged with abduction, robbery, three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and burglary.
A tipster called the Crime Line after seeing the report, Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com. Waters was arrested at the Economy Motel on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News and transferred to Hampton.
The suspect was described as a black female with light complexion who is 30 to 40 years of age and stands about five to five and a half feet tall. She weighs about 160 pounds, has corn rows and was wearing a grey T-shirt and dark pants.
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