A Gulfport woman pleaded guilty this week to robbing a bank in 2014.
Lacritia Summerlin, 36, entered the guilty plea before Harrison County Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson. Dodson set a sentencing hearing for Sept. 12, District Attorney Joel Smith said.
On Sept. 19, 2014, Gulfport police responded to a robbery in progress at The First Bank on O’Neal Road.
A bank teller reported that a woman had approached her window and pulled a handgun from her waistband. She demanded cash and told the teller to not push the alarm button, Smith said.
Arriving officers noticed a cellphone in the parking lot and determined it belonged to Summerlin.
“Investigators located the defendant’s picture on a social media website and were able to positively identify her in surveillance footage as the robbery suspect,” said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Burrell, who prosecuted the case.
Investigators found her in her apartment with money and a handgun. When confronted with the evidence, Summerlin confessed to the armed robbery.
“This is another example of the courage of citizens in our community coming forward to assist law enforcement,” Smith said. “The First Bank employees, as well as Gulfport Police Department, should be commended.”