More charges for teen suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE - The rap sheet for an 18-year-old woman arrested in a string of metro Atlanta bank robberies continues to lengthen, a detective testified Wednesday.

Since her incarceration last week, investigators have levied additional charges of armed robbery against Janiah White, of Lawrenceville, after she was tied to an alleged stick-up of a cab driver in October.

White acted with two female friends on Oct. 4 when they called a cab driver to Greens at Hillcrest apartments on Hurricane Shoals Road, then wrestled $400 from him at gunpoint and stole his car, said Lawrenceville police detective Tim Ashley during a probable cause hearing.

White allegedly drove the get-away vehicle, a red pick-up truck, and got away with another suspect, while the teen who took the cab was apprehended moments later, Ashley said.

"(White) had knowledge of this (and) provided the escape vehicle," Ashley said.

Ashley said he recognized White's name last week upon her arrest for reportedly robbing three Gwinnett banks, and possibly others, with notes.

A Gwinnett Magistrate Judge bound an additional charge of armed robbery against White to Superior Court, where a bond hearing could be held later. She remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

White and an alleged accomplice - Duluth resident Kayla Morrison, 21, who remains at large - are suspected in a rash of bank heists at SunTrust and Wachovia branches in recent months.

Investigators initially thought the women were acting alone in unrelated stick-ups, and that White was a man due to the way she disguised herself, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

Schiralli said it's unclear how many more bank robberies, if any, the women could be tied to.

"Investigators are still working with other agencies and gathering information" to determine if they're responsible for robberies in other jurisdictions, Schiralli said.