TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 19-year-old has been charged as an accessory to an armed robbery after allegedly served as the getaway driver for two teens suspected of shooting up several cars and an apartment in northwest Tallahassee.
Alisha Skipper, 19, is has been charged as an accessory to armed robbery.
On May 22 at about 10 p.m., TPD responded to the 1900 block of Honolulu Lane in reference to a shooting. Complaint documents say witnesses told police that two suspects were shooting at someone, hitting four cars and a nearby apartment. The two suspects then fled the area in a dark-colored Lexus.
The next night, following an armed robbery in the 2000 block of Bloomington Avenue just hours after the shooting, officers stopped the suspect vehicle on North Monroe Street. The occupants inside, 18-year-old Jontavian Riley and his girlfriend Alisha Skipper, were detained. When officers searched the vehicle, they found live rounds matching the same caliber as the ones found on the scene of the shooting on Honolulu Lane.
Riley was then transported to the Tallahassee Police Department for an interview. During the interview, he claimed that he was at Skipper's house the entire night and didn't have anything to do with the robbery or shooting. He also stated that he loaned his car to Wimberly and another male 30 minutes before the shooting.
When police spoke to Skipper, she corroborated Riley's story. She told investigators that she and Riley were asleep in her home when they were woken up by 18-year-old Byron Wimberly around 4 a.m. She said that he flashed "a large amount of money" and offered to take them both to the gas station. Skipper advised that Wimberly also had a gun but she did not allow him to bring it into the house. After going to the gas station, Skipper told officers that she and Riley returned to her home.
According to court documents, investigators later spoke to a witness who told them that Skipper was driving when Wimberly and Riley began shooting that night. The witness said he heard the suspects tell Skipper to drive after the shooting and said they dropped him off after the deed was done.
Through further investigation, officers were able to identify Wimberly and Riley as suspects in the shooting and armed robbery and arrested them on May 31. Both were taken to the Leon County Detention Facility, with additional charges pending.
On June 4, a request for Skipper's phone records were returned. Documents say her phone records revealed that she was on the scene of the shooting and armed robbery, contradicting her story that she was home during the crimes.
"It is believed Skipper was the driver of the Lexus during the armed robbery and was aware the robbery was occurring," investigators wrote.
Based on the evidence, she was charged with accessory to armed robbery and arrested on Tuesday. She is being held in jail without bond.