- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a Parkland, Washington, couple with attempted first-degree robbery in a failed bank robbery try that left the man hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist alleges that 27-year-old Michael David Winston II was wearing dark clothes, a hat, gloves, sunglasses and a fake beard when he entered a Bank of America branch foyer in the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood on Monday, pulled a gun on a departing armored car guard and demanded money. The guard fired, hitting Winston five times, including once in the head.

Authorities say the severely wounded man stumbled to a waiting car driven by his wife, 26-year-old Brittney Winston. They say she dropped him off at a hospital, where he remains under police guard. He’s expected to survive.

Lakewood police say Brittney Winston was arrested on Thursday.

The News Tribune reports (https://is.gd/68X79c ) that before her arrest, the woman launched an online fundraising effort, contending her husband was a victim of racial profiling and was at the bank only to open an account. She’s expected in court Friday.


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