BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham woman was sentenced this week to a three-month jail term in the robbery of her cousin's purse.
Terry Ann Humphreys, 40, was hanging out with her cousin and a mutual friend, Janelle Sturgeon, on April 11 in downtown Bellingham, according to charging documents. They took a truck out to the Lummi Reservation and stopped by a willow tree in the 1800 block of Marine Drive, near Marietta, to go to the bathroom.
The cousin stayed in the truck. She saw Humphreys and Sturgeon talking and "got a bad feeling," so she got out and started walking back toward Bellingham, prosecutors wrote.
She turned around to see Humphreys running toward her. The cousin was thrown to the ground. Humphreys punched her in the head while Sturgeon kicked at her and snatched her purse away, according to the charges.
The cousin was left with a swollen lip and bumps on her forehead. Her purse contained $220 in cash, a food stamps card and a Social Security card.
Humphreys was seen by police two days later walking along Samish Way. She matched the description of someone who had stolen beer from a downtown Shell station that day. She was intoxicated and reluctant to give her name, but eventually handed the officer a motel receipt with her name on it, according to the charges.
Prosecutors also allege Humphreys had prescription drugs belonging to Sturgeon in her purse when she was arrested.
Humphreys pleaded guilty June 4 to second-degree possession of stolen property, for taking the food stamps card. The robbery and drug charges were dismissed.
Sturgeon is awaiting a trial date in the case.
Humphreys had two felonies and six gross misdemeanors on her record. Last year she was ordered to pay more than $3,100 in restitution after she stole checks from the bedside of a man who was in intensive care at Alderwood Park Convalescent Center. The bank contacted the man when employees became suspicious.
The man, an acquaintance of Humphreys, believed she was forging the checks so she could buy drugs.