Updated! Salisbury: Butcher Knife Wielding Woman Attempts Robbery in the Parking Lots of J.F. Hurley Family YMCA and a Laundromat

Posted on December 8, 2017

RFP Staff

♦ According to Salisbury Police sources, area residents, and an employee at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, a female now identified as Wanda Whitaker, 50, of 212 Ackert Avenue, Salisbury, armed with a butcher knife, allegedly attempted to rob persons in the parking lots of the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, Harris Teeter Supermarket, and at a laundromat all on Jake Alexander Boulevard W.

Whitaker has since been arrested and is in the Rowan County Detention Center under a secured $25,000 bond.

Wanda P. Whitaker:

Charges Wanda P. Whitaker:

One robbery incident happened at approximately 8 a.m. in the parking lot at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA at 828 Jake Alexander Avenue when a teenage boy was getting out of his car and put his feet on the ground while he put on his sneakers.  Whitaker suddenly confronted him with a butcher knife and demanded money.  Reacting quickly, the young man sprinted from the lot to the safety of the Y’s front door.  He informed Y employees about what just occurred in the lot and they called 911 dispatch and reported Whitaker who fled the lot in a vehicle. The police had the tag number and the arrest happened later in the day.

The teenager reportedly gave up no money and was not injured during the confrontation.

J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Boulevard W., Salisbury, N.C.:

Whitaker showed up with her butcher knife in the Harris Teeter parking lot, but no one was robbed there.

At around 6:20 a.m. Whitacker showed at a nearby 24/7 laundromat.  Persons, who saw the female armed robber, described her as strange-eyed and unkempt.  Reportedly no one was injured yesterday.

Whitaker allegedly pulled a knife on a woman in a laundromat at 724 Jake Alexander Boulevard and robbed the woman of an undisclosed amount of money and a bag of quarters. The victim was ordered into the laundromat bathroom and told to stay there for several minutes before she came out. In the parking lot Whitaker allegedly robbed a woman’s wallet and handed it back when the wallet appeared empty. Whitaker allegedly told the victim she would cut her.

Harris Teeter Supermarket, 850 Jake Alexander Boulevard W., Salisbury, N.C.:

Laundromat, 724 Jake Alexander Boulevard, Salisbury, N.C.:

Location J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Boulevard W., Salisbury, N.C.:

Wanda P. Whitaker’s Previous Record:


**This article will be updated as more information arrives.**

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