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Posted: 3:46 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013
By Jim Bradley
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a woman at Presbyterian Hospital last year.
Last summer, three employees at Presbyterian Hospital were robbed in separate attacks.
Thursday, Lejarris Williams pleaded guilty to one of those crimes. His attorney said he was a crack cocaine addict who now apologizes for the robbery.
Yet outside, Williams' mother refused to believe her son is guilty despite his plea.
“I don’t think he really did. I think he just felt that his chances were slim and he took what was offered,” Belinda Mobley said.
But his victim, Michelle Helms, left the courthouse certain it was Williams who pointed a gun at her inside a parking deck elevator outside Presbyterian Hospital.
Inside the courtroom, she told a judge she still suffers emotionally, saying, “I have no sense of safety or security. All that's been stolen from me.”
And despite security upgrades at Presbyterian and nearby Mercy Hospital, there are still safety concerns.
Police are still searching for a suspect in the armed robberies of two other hospital employees last summer, including Kristen Lash, who was stabbed by her attacker.
With those crimes unsolved, Amanda Riley remains wary.
“It’s always in the back of your head. You're constantly looking over your shoulder,” she said. “Because they haven't caught the people.”
Williams was sentenced to four to six years in prison.
Police said they haven’t ruled him out as a suspect in the two open cases, but believe another attacker may have been involved.
They ask anyone with information in those crimes to contact them.
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