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Woman charged in one of three Subway robberies

By Megan Menchaca

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A woman has been charged with robbery by threat in connection to the robbery of a Subway restaurant on Feb. 2, according to the police.


According to court documents, an employee of the Subway told police that the suspect was a black female wearing a gray shirt and sweatpants. He told police she entered the restaurant around 8:43 p.m., purchased two cookies and then gave him a note that read, “I have a gun. Give me the cash in the drawer. I’ll shoot.”


Before the robbery on Feb. 2, two Subways were robbed on Jan. 19 within a few minutes of each other.  In both cases, the suspect was described as a black woman in her 30s or 40s.


The woman, named Dietra Lashell Lee, was stopped less than two blocks from the crime scene a short time after the reported robbery. However, the Subway employee was unable to identify her and she was released.


The day after the robbery, police met with the owner of the Subway to review surveillance video and determined the only difference between the suspect and the woman police stopped was that the suspect did not have a purse in the restaurant, but the woman stopped by police did.


But after speaking to the owner of the nearby parking garage to review surveillance video, they identified a woman matching the suspect’s description dropping off a white purse behind an AC unit before entering the Subway, and then picking it back up when she leaves.


Based on this evidence, police charged Lee with robbery by threat, a second-degree felony. For more information about the robberies, read this article by KVUE.