Washington County woman, boyfriend charged in 'Bonnie and Clyde'-style robberies
A Washington County woman and her boyfriend are accused of being a modern-day “Bonnie and Clyde.”
A federal grand jury in West Virginia indicted Jessica L. Crawford, 32, of Marianna on Wednesday on charges of helping her boyfriend rob banks in Morgantown and Weirton and being the getaway driver while he robbed banks in Fayette and Washington counties.
Rudolph Todd Haladyna, 35, of Clarksville, who has been identified in court documents as Crawford's boyfriend, had agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He admitted to “brandishing a gun” while robbing the Cheat Lake branch of Huntingdon Bank in Morgantown, according to court documents.
As part of the agreement, prosecutors in Pennsylvania and West Virginia agreed not to prosecute him on the other armed holdups he is accused of committing.
The duo is accused of making off with nearly $32,000 in six holdups between September and December 2010.
Crawford is accused of being the getaway driver while twice Haladyna robbed the same banks in Redstone and Bentleyville.
She is accused of accompanying Haladyna inside while he held up the Morgantown and Weirton banks.
They were arrested in Haladyna's mother's car on Dec. 10 after being seen casing several banks in and around Morgantown, the indictment states. A gun and a mask were found in the glove compartment.
Crawford will receive a notice to appear before a federal magistrate in a few weeks, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at email@example.com.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.