Published: Thursday, April 12, 2007
Trumbull husband charged as wife's robbery accomplice
The woman would get a ride from friendly people, then rob them, police said.
By TIM YOVICH
BAZETTA The husband of a pregnant woman facing four charges of aggravated robbery is now charged with being her accomplice in one of the heists.
David Walp, 34, of Clingan Road, Poland, was charged Wednesday by Bazetta police with complicity to aggravated robbery.
His wife, Michelle Walp, 20, also of Poland, faces four counts of aggravated robbery, two each in Warren and Bazetta.
Bazetta Police Chief Charles Sayers said Walp was served his arrest warrant Wednesday while at Trumbull County Central District Court, Cortland, awaiting his wife's preliminary hearing on two counts of aggravated robbery.
David Walp is accused of helping to rob two women April 2 after his wife begged them for a ride.
Sayers said she was carrying a gasoline can when she approached two women in the parking lot of the Perkins Family Restaurant on Elm Road.
What happened next
The women gave her a ride, but she told them she couldn't spot her car after checking some business parking lots. She pulled a knife on the women and got $15 cash, Sayers said. They drove back to Perkins, where she got into a car and fled.
Her husband was allegedly the getaway driver, the chief said. He explained that the women were able to pick Michelle Walp out of a photo lineup.
On Wednesday, she waived her preliminary hearing and was bound over to the county grand jury.
Michelle Walp is facing similar charges in Warren.
Warren police reported she robbed a couple April 4 after they tried to help her by giving her a ride. The same day, she's accused of robbing a man at knife point after giving him a ride. She was taken into custody walking along Dietz Road.
She is being held in the county jail on a total $100,000 bond.
While in court Wednesday, Michelle Walp, who lived in Warren when originally charged by Warren police, couldn't give her Poland address because her husband moved while she was in jail, a court spokesperson said.