9.7.13 Attempted Bank Robbery, Arrests

5 September 2013 by Lt. Todd Umstead

At 10:21 a.m., September 5, 2013, Lancaster City Police Officers were dispatched to the Northwest Savings Bank, 922 Columbia Ave. for a report of suspicious activity. It was reported that two females entered the bank wearing masks and surgical gloves, one carrying a handgun, and the other had a handgun in her waistband.  The females loitered in the lobby for a few minutes, and at one point they walked toward the vault area.  The females left the bank after one of the tellers attempted to engage the women in conversation.  Officers immediately responded to the bank and checked the surrounding area for persons matching the descriptions provided to dispatchers by bank employees. Two females matching the descriptions were located walking in the 300 blk. W. Orange St. by Off. Eliud Tirado and were detained for further investigation.  Sgt. Mark Heiser arrived with Officer Tirado and coordinated the initial investigation.  Detectives were notified and responded to assist.  The females were positively identified by bank employees and were taken into custody.  A bag that one of the suspects was carrying contained two pellet pistols. The suspects were identified as Yomaira Correa, 22-year-old female, and Alice Purdue-Davis, 32-year-old female. Both are residents of an apartment in the 200 blk. W. Walnut St., Lancaster.  They were interviewed by detectives and subsequently charged with Robbery and Criminal Conspiracy by Det. Bill Breault before MDJ Richard Simms. They are currently being held for arraignment.

All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty.