Erica Jenkins was formally charged with robbery in a court appearance Monday that was most noteworthy for what didn't happen.
“What did you do to keep her quiet?” Douglas County Judge Joseph Caniglia asked court personnel after Jenkins was escorted out of the courtroom.
“She didn't say a word. Last time, she was throwing the podium around.”
On Sept. 5, court observers were shocked as Jenkins shouted profanities at Caniglia and dumped over the lectern in front of the judge's bench. After leaving the courtroom that day, she was arrested for her third assault since being jailed in late August. The first two involved fellow inmates. The post-court incident involved an alleged assault on a corrections officer.
On Monday, Jenkins stood silently as Caniglia set her bail for one count of robbery at $250,000. Jenkins is accused of stealing a wallet, cash and a cellphone from a car at the Sinclair station at 5608 Ames Ave. A 26-year-old woman in the passenger seat of the car told police she was doused with pepper spray by the fleeing suspect. The report did not say how police linked Erica Jenkins to the crime.
Police originally arrested Jenkins on a Sarpy County warrant. She and other family members were taken into custody in the wake of four August homicides that authorities say were carried out by her brother, Nikko Jenkins.
He is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, 29, and Juan Uribe-Pena, 26, on Aug. 11; Curtis Bradford, 22, on Aug. 19; and Andrea Kruger, 33, on Aug. 21.
Correction: A previous version of this story gave an incorrect date for Jenkins' previous court appearance.