Lethbridge Police have charged a 27-year-old woman in connection with an armed robbery and two arsons. An arrest warrant has also been issued for a 32-year-old man for his role in the robbery.
On August 16, 2019 at approximately 4:50 a.m. a masked female and male entered the Circle K/Esso gas station along the 300 block of Bluefox Boulevard North. The female approached the store clerk, brandished a gun and demanded cash while the male remained at the exit. An undisclosed amount of money was provided and both subjects fled the store and entered a dark colored vehicle, operated by a second male, which fled westbound from the area. The clerk was not injured.
On August 21, 2019 at approximately 9:56 p.m. Police and Fire responded to a 911 call reporting a house fire along the 900 block of 9 Avenue North. Eighteen fire fighters from three stations responded and the fire was extinguished within an hour. While crews were on scene, a female approached a police officer and reported there had been multiple fires inside her home – two blocks away – that she had put out herself. Fire crews attended the woman’s home along the 700 block of 9 Avenue North and spent approximately 30 minutes extinguishing hot spots. No one was injured in either fire. Damage from the fire along the 900 block of 9 Avenue North is estimated at $50,000 and damage to the residence along the 700 block of 9 Avenue North is estimated at $20,000. A fire investigator determined the fires were intentionally set.
Following further investigation by members of the Criminal Investigation Section, a Lethbridge woman was identified as a suspect in both the robbery and arsons. On August 24, 2019 she was located at a city residence and arrested without incident. Police have not yet located the male charged in connection with the robbery and his whereabouts are currently unknown.
Tila Bailey Scout, 27, of Lethbridge, is charged with robbery with a firearm, disguised during the commission of an offence and two counts of arson to property. She was remanded in custody to appear in court today.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of James Patrick Williams, 32, of Lethbridge. Williams is charged with robbery with a firearm, disguised during the commission of an offence and theft of a motor vehicle. A photo is included for release.
Anyone with information on Williams whereabouts is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.p3tips.com.
Investigation into the robbery to identify the second male is ongoing.