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Florida Mom Allegedly Drives Getaway Car For Teen Son After Armed Robbery
Amanda Chere Meador is accused of acting as a lookout and getaway driver for a Halloween robbery along with her 15-year-old son.
A Florida mother-son duo was arrested on Friday for their alleged Halloween tag-team effort in robbing a convenience store at gunpoint.
Amanda Chere Meador, 37, has been charged with armed robbery and child neglect. Meador allegedly drove her son, 15, and two other males to a Circle K store in Winter Springs, Florida. She is accused of remaining in the 2002 Chrysler Town & Country minivan to act as a lookout and subsequent getaway driver while her underage son allegedly committed the robbery, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com.
"This suspect was a willing participant in that she knew that this armed robbery was going to happen," Bob Kealing of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office told KFVS. "She served as a lookout."
The vehicle involved in the robbery was caught on security camera footage and the license plate "had been covered or otherwise concealed," according to the report. Upon entering the vehicle, the suspect believed to be Meador's teen son dropped what appeared to be money while fleeing the store and the vehicle "stopped and allowed him to exit and recover the money."
Video footage also showed a person believed to be Meador backing the van up to the store as her son was allegedly inside brandishing a pistol at the cashier.
The teen is accused of wearing a mask and handing "a note on paper demanding money" to the cashier, who provided him with what was in the register. However, the burglar did not wear gloves during the crime, and fingerprints were lifted from the note. These prints led police to Meador's residence three miles from the Circle K. The mask and clothing the son allegedly wore the day of the robbery were recovered there, according to the arrest report.
“Had the store clerk decided to use some sort of force to defend themselves, this minor could have been injured or even killed. It was a terrible decision on her part,” Kealing told KFVS.
Meador is currently being held without bond until her arraignment in March, while her son is being kept at a juvenile detention facility. The identities of the other two passengers are currently unknown.
In the past, Meador has also been arrested for theft and driving without a license.