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Renton woman charged in bank robbery in Highlands

A 23-year-old Renton woman just wanted to live where she didn't have to do anything.

So, she walked into the Key Bank on Northeast Fourth Street in the Highlands late in the afternoon on Sept. 4 and demanded cash from a teller. She was handed what the teller initially thought was about $1,700.

Then she waited in the bank's lobby for police to arrive. She wanted to go to jail because, she told officers, "you did not have to do anything there."

Joanna M. Greer was charged last week with first-degree robbery; her arraignment is Thursday.

She's being held at the King County Jail in downtown Seattle on $50,000 bail.

A bank employee was holding the stolen cash outside the bank when a Renton Police officer arrived at about 4:30 p.m. The officer could see Greer in the bank lobby, holding her purse.

The officer recognized Greer from previous contacts for involuntary commitments, according to charging documents. She told officers she suffers from mental illness.

According to documents, Greer told the officer she robbed the bank because she could. Greer told the officer she was not feeling well and wanted to go to jail.

The robbery happened at 4:21 p.m., when Greer walked up to a teller, told her this was a robbery and that she could call police. She demanded money and said "no dye pack."

The teller asked Greer whether she was serious and she said yes.

The teller notified security she was being robbed. After attempting to walk away, the teller handed Greer the money. Greer started to leave, but the doors were locked. The teller called 911.

The employee recovered the money from Greer; it totaled $1,487.

Greer was arrested and interviewed at the police station at Renton City Hall.

According to the charging documents, it appeared to the officer that Greer robbed the bank not for monetary gain but to get treatment or "be in a perceived better environment."

She has no prior convictions.

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