Woman arrested after trying to rob Washington Goodwill

August 31, 2014
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Angelina Doswell
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Kathie O. Warco / Observer-Reporter
A woman was taken into custody after trying to rob the Goodwill store on Jefferson Avenue and West Beau Street in Washington about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Order a Print

A Washington woman was arrested after she assaulted a clerk and then tried to rob the Goodwill store on Jefferson Avenue at West Beau Street in Washington Sunday afternoon.

Angelina Doswell, 45, of 473 W. Hallam Ave., entered the store just before 4:30 p.m., walked up to the cashier and punched him, said city police Lt. David Bradley. She then reportedly grabbed the cash register knocking it to the ground, grabbing the money that fell out of it.

Doswell was then tackled to the ground by customers and subdued until police arrived.

Doswell told city Officer Daniel Florian, who is filing the charges against her, she needed money. Bradley said the store was crowded at the time of the robbery. As police interviewed witnesses and the victim, shoppers continued to line up for the registers to make their purchases.

Lori DeThomas was one of those inside the store shopping when she said a woman entered the store and lunged at a cashier before grabbing the cash register.

“When she came in, she was very angry about something. She was kind of ranting,” DeThomas said. “The employees really handled it well.”

Bradley said police received an earlier call involving Doswell. A resident of East Prospect Avenue asked police to remove Doswell from his home Sunday morning.

Doswell was taken to Washington County jail to be arraigned Sunday night before District Judge Mark Wilson on charges of robbery, simple assault and criminal mischief.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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