Woman makes bail on armed robbery, gets arrested for armed robbery again weeks later


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A woman who was arrested for two alleged armed robberies back in March had managed to bail out of jail, only to allegedly commit another armed robbery the following month and get arrested again.

If the name Lasonya Wells rings a bell, it might have something to do with her making headlines years back when she basically held state Sen. Scott Wiener’s cell phone for ransom in December of 2015.

Well, looks like the now-44-year-old is back into that criminal lifestyle once again.

Between March 15th and the 16th, police allege that Wells committed two separate armed robberies hours apart from each other.

The first was said to have happened on the 15th at roughly 11:15 p.m., when Wells held someone up for cash at an ATM located on the 2300 block of 16th St.

Police say that the suspect then, approximately five hours after the ATM robbery, flagged down a taxi cab and robbed the driver for his cash as well.

Police later found Wells on March 18th and booked her into jail under the two charges of armed robbery. However, at some point, she bailed out of jail.

Flash forward to April 29th, and Wells is reportedly back at it again. Authorities say that Wells had flagged down a taxi at 8:00 a.m. within the city’s Mission District and requested to be dropped off at 25th and Dakota street. When the driver arrived at the destination, Wells allegedly pointed a gun at the driver and demanded money.

For whatever reason, the driver did not comply with the assailants demands for cash, and the suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot without further incident. Roughly a week later, police caught up with Wells again on May 6th and placed her into custody.

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Turns out, when police arrested her, she was toting a fake gun and some pepper spray. Perhaps that’s why the latest victim didn’t suffer any ill-effects from the refusal to part ways with his cash.

Defense attorney Max Breecker, who is assigned to Wells’ case, stated the following regarding the alleged incidents:

“We are thankful that it appears no one was physically hurt in these incidents. Our office has worked with Lasonya Wells over the years and we know that she is well-loved by her support network.”

Wells was the subject of an article back in 2017 that attempted to paint her Scott Wiener cell phone ransom fiasco as being illustrative of racial inequality. While that’s a nifty sentiment, she keeps getting arrested again and again.

At some point, there’s got to be a little personal ownership there.

In fact, back in 2017 when she was nearing her release for her 2015 crime, Wells stated the following:

“I can feel it in my gut, in my heart. I’m done. I’ve been through enough. I’m done living through hell.”

Except she found herself arrested again as soon as 2018 for an alleged robbery. Now she’s managed to rack up another two arrests in under two months’ time in 2020.

If TV talk show host Maury was reviewing her 2017 quote related to her being “done” with crime today, he’d likely drop the infamous line “that was a lie.”

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Wells has been charged with one count of felony attempted robbery, according to Alex Bastian from the DA’s office.

That’s a far cry from what she was arrested under, as those original charges were attempted robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, committing a crime while released on bail, and being a convicted felon in possession of tear gas.

At least this time, Wells is being held without bail after a motion was filed by the DA’s office for such.

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