Click to view image: '704709446cde-374279848hrwifn_fsx2.jpg'When two teens, one armed with a handgun, confronted and assaulted a 65-year-old woman at gunpoint Monday night at a Boynton Beach ATM, she wasn't about to give up her money easily.
"I had a grip on it," the woman, who asked not to be identified, said this morning. "I'm strong. I'm not weak."
Instead, the woman escaped injury and the robbers fled with nothing, authorities said today.
Darvin L. Pickett
Click to view image: '20b7d3ea91cc-374279848hrwifn_fsx.jpg' and Jethro P. Louis both 18
Click to view image: 'f207878efb99-374279848hrwifn_fs.jpg', are charged with robbery with a firearm and assault.
Louis also is charged with obstruction and Pickett with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting.
This morning, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx ordered the Boynton Beach men both held without bond.
Police still are searching for a third assailant.
According to a Boynton Beach Police report, at about 10 p.m. Monday, the two men confronted the Boynton Beach woman at the ATM at the Bank of America at 105 N. Congress Ave., just south of Boynton Beach Boulevard.
One of the robbers, who wore an orange sweatshirt, pointed a handgun at the woman, demanding her deposit envelope, and grabbed the scarf she wore on her neck, the report said
"They just kind of tugged at that to let me know they meant business," the woman said today.
She said she'd been depositing cash and checks from her cosmetics business.
The woman screamed and the two men fled on foot.
As officers searched the area, a security guard at Banyan Lakes apartments reported spotting a blue 1996 Pontiac Bonneville speeding through the area.
After an officer spotted Louis in the shadows of a building, he ran off but eventually was arrested.
Louis told police Pickett and a third person had been with him during the robbery and pointed the officers to a nearby apartment.
Officers entered the unit and found Pickett hiding, wearing an orange sweatshirt matching the one in the robbery, the report said. Pickett fought officers who finally cuffed him.
Anyone with information about this robbery is urged to call Detective Alex Moreno at 561-742-6138, Sgt. Paul Sheridan at 561-742-6133 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via http://www.bbpd.org.
Palm Beach County Jail records show Louis was arrested in May for marijuana possession.
The victim said today the robbery was a first for her.
"It's never happened before," she said. "I figured, 'One day. Maybe.'"
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