An armed robbery charge against 21-year-old Madison Harris was dismissed today when the man she and her husband were accused of robbing admitted meeting her at the Veterans Parkway Mellow Mushroom to give her $30.
Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinski let stand the armed robbery charge against her husband, Taylor Lively, 28, who's accused of pretending to have a gun to make the 23-year-old man who met his wife give him $15 more.
The victim said he got to know Harris online about a year ago, and previously had met her on "a handful" of occasions. He did not know her husband, he said.
On Monday, she contacted him to say she was hungry and needed money to buy food, he said, so he agreed to meet her at the 6100 Veterans Parkway restaurant. A friend drove him there, and they waited five or 10 minutes before she walked up to the car, he said.
He got out and gave her the money, which he said was a loan she was supposed to pay back. She took the cash and walked away.
As he turned back toward the car, Lively approached with one hand behind his back, the victim said. Lively told him Harris was his wife, and Lively knew they had met the day before, he said. Then Lively demanded the rest of his money, telling him he would face consequences if he didn't comply, the victim said.
The friend who drove the victim to Mellow Mushroom testified that he saw Lively keep one hand in a back pocket as if it contained a weapon. The driver said Harris already had walked away by then, but he saw the two of them run together toward the parkway before they split up.
Police caught Lively at a nearby service station. Investigators contacted Harris by phone and had an officer pick her up. Police said they found $15 on Lively and $30 on Harris.