Shantoria Valentine has been in the Douglas County jail for more than a week. She's suspected in not one -- but two bank robberies. Mostly because of what she said, what she wrote and her DNA.
When the Wells Fargo in Ralston was robbed last week -- the police chief Ron Murtaugh had a hunch. "We're going to see if she's tied to any more robberies."
According to a search warrant obtained by WOWT 6 News -- investigators didn't have to look far.
Detectives believe Shantoria Valentine struck the same bank on April 8th, demanding money in the same way -- and handing over a note in both cases -- saying she had a bomb.
Investigators say the two notes contain similar wording and similar writing characteristics.
Witnesses believe she may have gotten away with it again if she had a getaway car.
Witnesses still call the bank robbery from last week 'a serious event' -- yet they were laughing about it. Because the robber took off running - uphill on 83rd street -- and into the middle school at Ralston.
Little did she know she had witnesses watching the whole time. Seeing her stop and start -- and at time taking a huge breath -- and look behind her. She collapsed three blocks away in the school parking lot.
She didn't need a police officer.
She needed paramedics.
Witness Dave Ishii: "She was pretty well winded by then and she just got on the ground and put her arms out."
Investigators say Shantoria Valentine was found with $1,200 from the bank on her and that she admitted to the robbery. She may be charged for two.
It appears investigators are waiting for one critical test to come back before booking Valentine on a second robbery.
In the first robbery -- the woman dropped a hoop earring when she pulled out a plastic bag to hold the stolen money. Investigators are now seeing if its Valentine's DNA on it.
July 30, 2014
Bond was set at 10 percent of $75,000 Wednesday morning for the woman accused of robbing an Omaha bank Monday afternoon.
Police say 23-year-old Shantoria Valentine walked into the Wells Fargo branch at 84th and L and gave a note to the teller claiming she had a bomb. Valentine fled with $1,200 in cash, but collapsed a few blocks away in front of Ralston Middle School.
Mike Wadleigh noticed a woman hurrying by his apartment near the bank and told WOWT 6 News she’d “shuffle a little bit, run a little bit, walk a little bit, shuffle a little bit.”
Dave Ishii with Ralston Schools said, “I noticed it was a gal. She came through the gate and kept looking behind her.” Dave spotted her from his truck. He had no idea she was a bank robbery suspect, but could tell she was running from something. “I jumped out of the truck and pointed at the cop, this way.”
Ralston Middle School is three blocks from the bank. It's all uphill. “I ran up the steps and by the time I got up there another person had her cornered," said Ishii. "She was pretty well winded then. She just laid down and put her hands out.”
Valentine was having trouble breathing and needed medical attention. “We absolutely had a lot of help from people who saw which direction she was going but also people along the route," said Ralston Police Chief Ron Murtaugh.
Valentine was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released. She was then arrested for robbery, making terroristic threats and threatening to use explosives, all felonies. Her preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 26th.