Crime

Teen Robber Makes Big Mistake

| by Nicholas Roberts
Jason Donte Hayes.Jason Donte Hayes.

An alleged teenage robber in Nether Providence, Pennsylvania, was arrested after he attempted to schedule a meeting with an elderly woman he had robbed and kidnapped the night before.  

Jason Donte Hayes, 17, entered the woman's house through a kitchen window at 3 a.m. on Jan. 3, Philly.com reports. He woke up the woman, who is in her 70s, while brandishing a pistol, and demanded money from her, police said.

When the victim told Hayes there was no cash in the house, Hayes forced her to drive to an ATM to withdraw $2,000 and threatened to kill her husband, who was still sleeping, if she failed to do so, reports Philly.com.

Philly.com and WTXF report that the woman was only able to withdraw $460 at the time. After driving the victim back to her house, Hayes reportedly "herded the couple" into kitchen and then spoke to them for about an hour, before sending them upstairs to go to sleep at 4:30 a.m.

Before he sent them off to bed, Hayes reportedly ordered the victim to meet him in a nearby shopping center parking lot on the following day, Jan. 4, at 9 a.m. with the remaining $1,500. He told the victim he would be wearing the same clothes to identify himself.

According to Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain, "this is where stupid takes off pretty quickly."

Despite his warning not to contact police, the couple called authorities shortly after noon on Jan. 3, Philly.com reports.

"We were the last ones he was waiting to see. He was waiting for a little old woman," said Splain.

When Hayes showed up to the parking lot of the shopping center, Splain and two officers had a detail waiting for him. After it became clear that Hayes was waiting for somebody, the officers stopped and patted down the suspect, reportedly discovering $363 in cash and a gold Timex watch from the victims' home.

Hayes was charged as an adult with a litany of offenses for various criminal acts, including kidnapping, robbery and assault. Philly.com reports he is currently in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

"If he can survive the remaining 340-some days of the year, he will definitely win the dumbest criminal of the year on Dec. 31," said Splain.

Sources: WTXF, Philly.com / Photo credit: Nether Providence Police Department via The Root