A woman has been charged with attempting to rob Golden Valley's Central Bank last week, telling an employee that she wanted to commit a crime so she could get help, and that she wanted to go to prison so she could help other prisoners.
Jaden Young, 52, of Golden Valley, is charged with two felonies in the Sept. 28 incident: first-degree aggravated robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine, and second-degree aggravated robbery, for which the maximum penalty is 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by Golden Valley Police Detective Laura Gould, police responded to a robbery call at Central Bank in the 900 block of Winnetka Avenue North at about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
Officers found the suspect, later identified as Young, standing at a teller window. As they approached, Young turned around and put her hands up, saying she supposed they were there to arrest her, according to the complaint.
Police asked Young if she had any weapons, and she told them that she had a knife in her purse, the complaint says. Officers found a long serrated knife and a meat tenderizer in Young’s purse.
Bank employees told police that Young had passed them a note, which read: “This is a robbery, Please stay calm and just give me the $1,000 in cash. I have a weapon in my bag. I will not hurt you. Just give me the money and call the police. I am sorry. Thank you.”
The teller who spoke to Young told police that Young told her she had a knife in her bag, then made several odd comments, including saying that she’d made a mistake, but she wasn’t sure if it was big enough to get her arrested.
Young also told the teller that she was going to commit “a burglary or something” so she could get arrested and get help, and that she wanted to go to prison so she can help other prisoners, according to the complaint.
Young admitted to officers that she had passed the note to a teller, and said she had done so to “make all this other stuff in her life stop,” according to the complaint.
Young remains in the Hennepin County Jail on a $100,000 bond. She is scheduled to make a first appearance on the charges Oct. 2 in Hennepin County District Court.