An Omaha woman charged with robbery and described as an associate of a man shot to death last week during another robbery was ordered held on $250,000 bail.
Jeneva Arias, 24, was charged Tuesday in Douglas County Court with the Aug. 26 robbery of a Little Caesars at 637 N. Saddle Creed Road. An assistant prosecutor with the Douglas County Attorney’s Office said Arias was traveling with Cortez Washington, 32, who was shot to death during the robbery of a Wendy’s restaurant at 43rd and Dodge Streets the same night.
The prosecutor said Arias entered the pizza restaurant about 9 p.m., showed a handgun and took an undetermined amount of money and fled.
The prosecutor said she and Washington then drove a half-mile to the Wendy’s restaurant, where Washington and a bystander were fatally wounded about 9:20 p.m. in a hail of bullets fired by three members of the Omaha Police Department, who were in the area responding to the earlier robbery.
Bryce Dion, 38, a sound engineer for the “Cops” TV show, and Washington were pronounced dead at the Nebraska Medical Center.
After the shooting, police said they found a vehicle near the Wendy’s with items inside belonging to Washington and Arias. A tip jar that had been stolen from the pizza place was also inside the vehicle.
Last year, Arias pleaded guilty to burglary and theft and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. Court records also show she did time for theft in 2011 and was put on probation for assault the year before.
If convicted of robbery, Arias could be sentenced from one to 50 years in prison. She is being held at the Douglas County Jail and would need to pay 10 percent of the bail amount — $25,000 — to be released.