FORT DODGE – Police in Fort Dodge quickly apprehended a woman who entered a credit union and allegedly threatened to use a bomb and a gun as she tried to commit a robbery.
At approximately 3:10 PM on September 30, 2016, a call came in to the Webster County Communications Center with a report that a robbery and just taken place at the Peoples Credit Union, located at 13 South 3rd Street in Fort Dodge. Information was gathered and it was learned that a female had attempted to rob the bank while presenting a gun and a bomb during the process.
Officers and detectives with the Fort Dodge Police Department, along with Webster County Sheriff’s Deputies, responded quickly and did take a female into custody within minutes of the initial call coming out. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the firearm presented was in fact a BB gun and that the purported bomb was not actually real.
As of todays date, 24-year-old Lashawna McKinley of Fort Dodge has been taken into custody and booked into the Webster County Jail under charges of Robbery in the 2nd degree (Class B Felony) and Threat of Terrorism (Class D Felony).
Fort Dodge police noted that “the swift closure to this incident would not have been possible without the quick thinking and cooperation demonstrated by multiple citizens whos information and actions aided the apprehention of this suspect.”