A drunken, pregnant La Crosse woman is accused of trying to rob a South Side fast-food restaurant for drug money late Tuesday but failing when her weapon became jammed in her shorts.
A Taco John's cashier told investigators a heavy-set woman wearing an oversized floral shirt and shorts approached the counter at 1211 Jackson St. about 10:40 p.m. and demanded cash, according to La Crosse police reports.
"I want a soft shell, and this is a stickup. Give me all your money," the suspect reportedly told the cashier.
The woman tried pulling a hammer from her shorts pocket but could not remove the weapon after tugging on the handle, reports stated. The cashier pressed the restaurant's panic button and called 911. The suspect fled without any money, police said.
Julie Bailey, 38, of 934 Jackson St., was arrested a few minutes later with a wooden hammer in her hand after a short foot pursuit. She is facing charges of attempted armed robbery and obstructing officers.
Officers recovered pink and white slippers believed used during the crime near 10th and Jackson streets.