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2 sisters charged in beating, robbing of grandma

Published: Tue, August 10, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.




Two sisters faces criminal charges after police say they beat up and robbed their grandmother in her home at gunpoint.

Also, after being arrested, one became violent and tried to hang herself in a cruiser, according to police.

Lauren M. Whatley, 21, of Youngstown is charged with aggravated robbery, domestic violence, carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and vandalism.

Her sister, Lelia Whatley, 18, of Youngstown is charged with aggravated robbery and domestic violence.

The sisters were arraigned Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court, and ordered held at the Mahoning County jail — Lauren on $160,000 bond and Lelia on $50,000 bond.

Police were called to Eliot Lane about 12:30 a.m. Saturday for a separate incident. While there, officers stopped and questioned the Whatley sisters, who were running through backyards. The police found their grandmother, who lives on Duncan Lane — which runs parallel to Eliot Lane — and questioned her about her grandchildren.

The grandmother, whose age wasn’t given by police, told officers her two granddaughters punched her in the head several times at gunpoint. The grandmother had a bloody lip and slight bruises on the left side of her head, police said.

The Whatleys took their grandmother’s purse and keys to her 2000 Plymouth Neon with the intention of taking the car, police said.

Police found a loaded .22-caliber handgun behind the garage of a nearby home that the sisters’ grandmother said Lauren pointed at her during the robbery.

After the arrest, police said the older Whatley became combative, smashing her handcuffs against the metal bars in a cruiser, which damaged the handcuffs and the bars. She also tried to hang herself using her shirt, police said.

Pepper spray failed to control her as she became violent with officers, police said. Officers finally got her under control after using a stun gun, police said.

Police reports have the older Whatley’s place of residence as her grandmother’s Duncan Lane home. In court, she said she lives on Carlton Avenue. Also, police reports list Lelia as living on Carlton Avenue, but she said in court that she lives on Roslyn Avenue.

Judge Robert Milich ordered the two to have no contact with their grandmother. There already is a court order filed against the older Whatley sister to stay away from her mother.


1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Hope they will not lose their collage scholarships

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2mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I suppose that people will say that these two were very nice people and that they wouldn't hurt a fly. Actually, they show no respect and no morals. I will bet that their parents are very proud. Throw the book at them!!

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

"Pepper spray failed to control her as she became violent with officers, police said. Officers finally got her under control after using a stun gun, police said."

Oh my, I can see officers getting fired for this. Pepper spray AND a stun gun. Next there going to the media and get in contact with good ole willie for advice on police abuse.
Useless animals that need to be caged up.

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4Wapiti(139 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

OMG! And to think these two can breed.

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

All that and take their cell phones off them :)

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6mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Trash, nothing but Trash.

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7Cassie(88 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

My overwhelming feeling is sadness. Something needs to be done to see that children are brought up to be law abiding respectful citizens. Whatever we are doing is obviously NOT working. This is a self perpetuating cycle of violence, immorality, addiction. We need leaders with creative ideas to stop this terrible destructive atmosphere in our society. Yes, these women need to be punished, but there is no certainty that punishment will do anything but make them worse.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Ah, if you can't rob your own granny without being persecuted how can you live life to the fullest ?

Our good mayor has proclaimed 2010 as the year of the culture . SET THEM FREE SO THEY CAN EXPAND THEIR HORIZONS !

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9slammingqueenbee(4 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

This whole situation is messed up...! I'm glad the judge put their bail so high...they should be put up under the jail...! They know better...20 and 18..they both should be given prison time for beating up their grandmother at gunpoint....! They need their asses wooped!

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