Blonde Bandit Busted for NJ Holdups

Police arrested the 27-year-old woman after a holdup at Wendys on Wednesday night

By Lauren DiSanto and Deanna Durante
|  Thursday, Dec 6, 2012  |  Updated 5:38 PM EDT
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Ashley Willis or the so called

NBC10 Philadelphia - Deanna Durante

Ashley Willis or the so called "Blonde Bandit" was arrested after police say she held up a Wendy's in Washington Township, N.J. on Wednesday night. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports that she is suspected in more than just that case.

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A female bandit is arrested after police say she went on a one-woman crime spree in Washington Township.

Ashley Willis, 27, was busted Wednesday night after a holdup at Wendy's on Route 42. Restaurant workers called police after being robbed by a young woman with a gun. Workers say she took off running after getting her hands on the money.

Officers chased Willis into a nearby wooded area, where they arrested her. The gun she was carrying was not loaded with bullets, according to police.

Investigators say Willis preyed on an unsuspecting shopper during an armed robbery last week, outside a Kohl's Store along Route 42. The victim described her as a young woman with blonde hair.

That also matches the description given by the victim of a late night carjacking last Friday in a McDonald's parking lot, located along the same stretch of road as the other two crimes. Police are working to connect her to this incident as well.

Willis is charged with two armed robberies. They believe the crime spree may have been fueled by a drug habit.
 

 


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