‘Damsel in distress’ carjacks, kidnaps and robs citizen who gave her a ride home

Maelynn Stanley and Willie Joe Williams were taken to the Martin County Jail and charged with Armed Robbery, Grand Theft, Armed Carjacking and Kidnapping.  (Source: MCSO)

 

Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports that a “damsel in distress,” who asked a citizen to give her a ride home in exchange for $20 in gas money, had other plans for the victim who offered to help her out.

Detectives say 33-year old Maelynn Stanley of SE Dewberry Court in Port St. Lucie, and her 29-year old boyfriend, Willie Joe Williams of SW 169th Street in Indiantown, lured the victim to a home in Indiantown where they robbed him at gunpoint, forced him to go to an ATM machine to withdraw money, then stole his vehicle.

The victim told detectives he met Stanley in Port St. Lucie, where she told him she needed a ride to Indiantown. She offered the victim $20.00 in gas money once they arrived. Instead, while in route, Stanley made a call to her boyfriend Willie Joe Williams, who was waiting at the location where Stanley had asked to be dropped off.

When the victim dropped Stanley off, she asked him to come inside the home where she could give him $20. When he walked in, he was greeted at gunpoint by Williams, kidnapped, and forced to go to an ATM machine. The victim withdrew $400 and gave it to the couple, who then made him run away on foot.

Martin County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to locate the home where the victim said he was taken, as well as his car. The suspects were walking down the street and were positively identified. Once in custody, they both confessed to the crime.

Both suspects were taken to the Martin County Jail and charged with Armed Robbery, Grand Theft, Armed Carjacking and Kidnapping. Willie Williams was also charged with Battery for hitting the victim. Stanley’s bond is $125,000. Williams is being held on a $63,000 bond.

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