Denver Post

Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Mom, daughter suspects in bank robbery

Marilyn Robinson, Denver Post Staff Writer

Jan. 11 - It wasn't "Take Your Daughter to Work Day," but a Federal Heights woman took her 13-year-old along anyway - allegedly to rob a bank.

Elizabeth Derrick, 34, now faces charges of aggravated robbery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and felony eluding.

Derrick and her daughter were taken into custody after a short chase that followed Friday's holdup at the Credit Union Service Center, 7873 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. She's in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The teen was turned over to social workers.

Investigators believe the girl was acting as a lookout - "at the direction of her mother," said Arvada police spokeswoman Susan Medina.

Derrick admitted to authorities she had robbed the bank but said her daughter "had nothing to do with it," according to court documents.

Police allege the mother entered the service center - which handles deposits, withdrawals and other services for area credit union members - and slipped a note to a teller demanding money and threatening the teller. The suspect claimed to have a gun, according to the court papers.

The woman and the teen left with money and an explosive dye pack, police said.

Minutes later, Sgt. Steve Grisham spotted two people matching the suspects' descriptions headed south on Wadsworth Boulevard near Ralston Road. They were in a silver sedan that had been reported stolen in Westminster, according to court papers.

Grisham tried to pull the car over, leading to a brief pursuit that ended at West 46th Avenue and Vance Street in Wheat Ridge when Derrick suddenly stopped, police said.

Investigators recovered money and a pocket knife.

Derrick told investigators the dye pack had gone off. Her hands were red, and so was the money, according to the court documents.

It wasn't Derrick's first brush with the law.

Records show she was arrested a year ago in Arvada for theft, and she was arrested in Denver in 1998 for threats and disturbing the peace by telephone.

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