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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.

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